Activision Blizzard to Pay $18 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

Popular game maker Activision Blizzard on Monday has agreed to pay an $18 million settlement for a sexual harassment lawsuit filed this week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC accused Activision Blizzard of failing to address claims made by employees about sexual harassment and allegedly discriminated against pregnant employees.

The EEOC also accused the company of retaliating against their employees for complaining about harassment and paying female employees less than male employees.

The $18 million settlement will be used as payments to employees who have experienced sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or retaliation while working at the company.

The company also said that any remaining funds will be divided “between charities that advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around harassment and gender equality issues.”

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick apologized to employees for experiencing discrimination and said he’s working to make the company “one of the world’s most inclusive, respected and respectful workplaces.”

The EEOC settlement is separate from a lawsuit filed early in July by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against the company for allegedly fostering a sexist and “frat boy” culture and similar sexual harassment complaints.

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