A judge has approved Activision Blizzard’s $18 million settlement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The two organizations had announced the settlement in September, but it is in the process of being signed after California state regulators tried to intervene.
Activision Blizzard has come under intense scrutiny since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a harassment complaint in July, alleging the company encouraged a culture of “constant sexual harassment.” . As part of the consent decree, Activision Blizzard will establish an $18 million settlement fund that will be used to compensate victims of harassment and discrimination. Employees who worked at the company between September 1, 2016 and Tuesday, March 29 can file a complaint for “sexual harassment, pregnancy-related discrimination or related retaliation”.
Additionally, Activision Blizzard will require all “supervisory employees” to attend harassment and discrimination training and expand mental health resources available to employees. The executive order, which was approved by Judge Dale S. Fischer on Tuesday, will remain in effect for three years. You can read the full document here or embedded at the bottom of this article.
The DFEH had claimed that the consent decree could potentially harm its case against Activision Blizzard (which is pending) and attempted to intervene. This included a request for a stay of the case, which Judge Fischer refused. At a hearing on Tuesday, the DFEH signaled that it planned to appeal the consent decree.
“The agreement we reached with the EEOC last year reflects our unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe and fair work environment for all employees,” Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. Press. “Our goal is to make Activision Blizzard a model for the industry, and we will continue to focus on eliminating harassment and discrimination in our workplace. Court approval of this settlement is a important step to ensure that our employees have recourse mechanisms if they experience any form of harassment or retaliation.
Disclosure: Casey Wasserman is a member of the board of directors of Activision Blizzard as well as the board of directors of Vox Media, The edge head quarter.