Activision to pay USD 50 million to settle workplace harassment lawsuit – Times of India

Activision Blizzard will pay roughly USD 50 million to settle a 2021 lawsuit by a California regulator that alleged the videogame maker discriminated against women employees, including denying them promotion opportunities and underpaying them.
California’s Civil Rights Department (CRD) had sued the “Call of Duty” maker after two years of investigation over allegations that it routinely underpaid and failed to promote female employees and condoned sexual harassment.
Activision will take additional steps to ensure fair pay and promotion practices and provide monetary relief to women who were employees or contract workers in California between October 12, 2015, and December 31, 2020, as part of the agreement, which is subject to court approval, the CRD said in a statement on Friday.
The CRD will entirely withdraw the allegations and dismiss its systemic harassment-related claims, according to the settlement agreement that was seen by Reuters.
“In the settlement agreement, the CRD expressly acknowledged that ‘no court or independent investigation has substantiated any allegations that there has been systemic or widespread sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard’,” the videogame maker said in a statement on Friday.
The company also said that no investigation substantiated that its board or chief executive acted improperly in handling instances of workplace misconduct.
Activision, which was bought in October by Microsoft for nearly USD 69 billion, agreed in 2021 to pay up to USD 18 million to settle similar claims made by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


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