Activision Blizzard to pay $18M to settle sexual harassment lawsuit

From CNET: Activision Blizzard said Monday it has agreed to pay $18 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed earlier in the day by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that accused the company violating the civil rights of employees by subjecting them to sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.

"Employees were subjected sexual harassment that was severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of employment," according to the EEOC's lawsuit, which was filed a lawsuit in California federal court and lists the company and 10 John Does as defendants. "The conduct was unwelcome and adversely affected the employees."

The complaint went on to charge that although some employees lodged complaints about the harassment, the company failed to take measures to end it.

Activision Blizzard said Monday it had reached a settlement agreement with the EEOC in which it would create an $18 million fund to "compensate and make amends to eligible claimants." The company also said it would strengthen policies and programs to prevent harassment and discrimination among its workforce.

"There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. "I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world's most inclusive, respected and respectful workplaces."

View: Full Article