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Activision Blizzard to pay $54 million in California gender

What To Know

  • The settlement involves the withdrawal of claims related to widespread sexual harassment, focusing on gender-based pay gaps and discrimination.
  • The settlement influenced Microsoft’s acquisition of Blizzard, with the latter’s shares falling due to controversies surrounding CEO Bobby Kotick‘s handling of harassment allegations.
  • As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit played a role in Microsoft’s $68.
  • The settlement signifies a historic resolution providing relief and compensation to women affected by discriminatory practices at the gaming company.

California’s Civil Rights Department (CRD) has finalized a settlement with Activision Blizzard for the gender discrimination case it filed in 2021. The settlement requires Activision Blizzard to pay $54 million, with $45.75 million allocated to a fund to compensate female employees and contract workers in California from October 12, 2015, to December 31, 2020.

Additionally, the developer will engage an independent consultant to assess its promotion policies and training materials and make recommendations. The settlement involves the withdrawal of claims related to widespread sexual harassment, focusing on gender-based pay gaps and discrimination.

The original lawsuit outlined a “frat boy” culture at Activision Blizzard, fostering misconduct such as “cube crawls,” where male employees allegedly engaged in routine groping and harassment of their female colleagues.

While the settlement addresses compensation and promotion policies, the department’s announcement excludes references to earlier sexual harassment allegations. Activision expressed gratitude for the amended complaint withdrawal and pledged commitment to fair policies and practices.

The settlement influenced Microsoft’s acquisition of Blizzard, with the latter’s shares falling due to controversies surrounding CEO Bobby Kotick‘s handling of harassment allegations.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit played a role in Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, finalized in October after regulatory challenges.

The settlement signifies a historic resolution providing relief and compensation to women affected by discriminatory practices at the gaming company.

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