Activision Blizzard was sued by the US EEOC and agreed to a settlement of US$18 million

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard on Monday, accusing the video game publisher of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and/or related retaliation against employees.

The EEOC complaint stated that its investigation into Activision Blizzard began in September 2018.The company “failed to take corrective and preventive measures. Once informed or should be aware of sexual harassment [they] Failure to take effective remedial measures in time to end the harassment. “

The EEOC lawsuit is different from a similar complaint filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in July.

After EEOC submits the documents, Activision Blizzard announced It has reached an agreement with the committee “to resolve claims and further strengthen policies and programs to prevent harassment and discrimination in the company’s workplace.”

As part of the agreement, Activision Blizzard stated that it has pledged to set up a $18 million fund “to compensate and compensate eligible claimants.” Funds not used to compensate claimants will be donated to “charities that promote women’s status in the video game industry or raise awareness of harassment and gender equality issues and corporate diversity, fairness and inclusiveness initiatives, approved by the EEOC,” game publishing Shang said.

California’s DFEH sued Activision Blizzard in July, claiming that the company has cultivated a “fraternal” workplace culture that exposes its female employees to gender-based discrimination and “constant sexual harassment.” DFEH later expanded the initial complaint, accusing Activision Blizzard of concealing evidence during the investigation. It also adjusted some language throughout the lawsuit to clearly include Activision Blizzard’s temporary workers and contract workers.

Activision Blizzard shareholders filed a separate lawsuit in August, accusing the leadership of negligence of causing the stock price to suffer. The US Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating Activision Blizzard, which is investigating how the company handles allegations of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Said at the press conference last week The company is “participating[ing] With regulatory agencies, including EEOC, the National Labor Relations Commission (which accused the company of violating federal labor laws in another complaint), and California DFEH, “aim to improve its workplace policies and procedures and ensure compliance.”

In its game, the developer is World of Warcraft with Overwatch Efforts are being made to remove references to the alleged abusers-including renaming roles and locations named after the employees involved.

You can read more about the allegations against Activision Blizzard in Polygon’s explainer.