Another US federal agency lawsuit leads to the launch of an 18 million dollar fund

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The US federal agency is trying to combat discrimination in employment relationships and had investigated the company’s working conditions for three years. The EEOC sent the lawsuit to Activision Blizzard on June 15, and the parties have held talks since then, according to the Wall Street Journal via PC Gamer. This lawsuit was therefore filed before the DFEH lawsuit, which received strong media coverage (we reported).

In a press release, Activision Blizzard writes that they have already reached an agreement with the federal agency – but the settlement agreement has yet to be approved by a court. They would therefore prepare an “18 million dollar fund of compensation and redress for legitimate plaintiffs”. If any money is left in the fund, it will be donated to charities that work on harassment, equality and women in the video game industry – or for initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion within the company. The company also promises to initiate training programs and software tools “to improve workplace policies and practices for employers across the technology industry.” Furthermore, guidelines are to be updated and further training courses carried out, which can be checked by the EEOC.

“There is no place in our company for discrimination, harassment or inequality of any kind – and I am grateful to the employees who have bravely shared their experiences,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “I am sorry that anyone experienced inappropriate behavior and I remain committed to making Activision Blizzard one of the most inclusive, respected and respectful workplaces in the world.”

Activision Blizzard has been sued more frequently in the past few months. On September 14, the US union “Communication Workers of America” ​​filed a lawsuit on behalf of employees of Activision Blizzard over unfair labor practices. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also announced that they would conduct their own investigations and that Bobby Kotick and other executives had been summoned. The lawsuit brought by the Californian DFEH (Department of Fair Employment and Housing; we reported) has also not yet been concluded.