Activision-Blizzard Closes In on EEOC Agreement as Judge “Ready” to Approve $18M Fund

Activision-Blizzard is nearing settlement in the first of its many sexual harassment lawsuits. A judge is poised to approve an $18 million fund with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over her sexual discrimination and harassment complaint.

Activision-Blizzard came under scrutiny after claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and “pervasive frat boy culture” were released in July 2021, and others followed suit.

However, the company is now moving closer to a settlement in its Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) federal case.

US District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer stated in a March 22 filing, “The court has reviewed all of the records in this matter and is prepared to allow the complaint [settlement]subject to limited further arguments and revisions to the Court’s concerns.

“The Court is generally satisfied that both the monetary relief and the non-monetary provisions are fair, reasonable and reasonable.”

That includes an $18 million settlement fund that victims can access. However, victims may not have access to benefits from both the EEOC federal lawsuit and the DFEH state lawsuit ⁠ — which is still pending in court.

“DFEH will continue to vigorously pursue its lawsuit against Activision in California state court,” said DFEH spokesman Fahizah Alim said the Washington Post.

This case is scheduled to go to court in February 2023 – just before Activision-Blizzard’s merger with Microsoft is resolved.

The $18 million settlement will also be used to build new infrastructure within Activision-Blizzard to prevent further harassment and discrimination over a three-year deal.

This includes the expansion of psychiatric care as well as the introduction of compulsory training courses on the subject of sexual harassment.

Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard

The $18 million settlement will be used to repay victims and implement new anti-harassment programs.

Activision-Blizzard originally approved the settlement back in September, but was criticized by activists.

A letter from October Sent to the court by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) union, the $18 million fund was “lamentably inadequate” and “would only provide the maximum settlement for just 60 workers.”

The Court characterized such objections, including those of the DFEH, as “simply unfounded [or] based on speculation”.

Other motions, including one by former Blizzard employee Jessica Gonzalez, founder of the workers’ alliance “A Better ABK,” to end the settlement were also denied.

Judge Fischer will hold a hearing on March 29 to discuss the settlement between Activision and Blizzard and the EEOC. Activision-Blizzard Closes In on EEOC Agreement as Judge “Ready” to Approve $18M Fund

Emma Bowman

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