Activision Blizzard reaches $18M settlement for sexual harassment lawsuit

by Adam Fitch  ·  Updated 
Activision Blizzard reaches $18M settlement for sexual harassment lawsuit

Activision Blizzard and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have had an $18M settlement approved which will resolve their suit.

The settlement: The Call of Duty and Overwatch publisher is still in hot water outside of this situation.

  • While the video game giant still faces multiple lawsuits, Activision Blizzard has had an $18M settlement with the EEOC approved by a judge, as reported by The Washington Post.
  • "I'm going to sign the consent decree, which will close this case," U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer said during the hearing on the settlement. The judge added that she couldn't stop appeals from being filed.
  • In addition to the $18M, Activision Blizzard is required to give sexual harassment training, expand its mental health services, and implement a new process that allows employees to give feedback about their managers.
  • “Our goal is to make Activision Blizzard a model for the industry, and we will continue to focus on eliminating harassment and discrimination from our workplace," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. "The court’s approval of this settlement is an important step in ensuring that our employees have mechanisms for recourse."

Looking ahead: Activision Blizzard has much more to do before things may settle down.

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