Judge ‘ready to approve’ Activision Blizzard’s $18M settlement in its sexual harassment lawsuit

Activision Blizzard, the publisher studio giant behind franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Overwatch, is set to settle one of several lawsuits filed against it with an $18 million settlement.

Of course, it must first be approved by the court and based on Washington post, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer “ready to approve” Activision Blizzard’s $18 million settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It’s worth noting that this lawsuit is just one of many Activision Blizzard is facing, and you can read more about other lawsuits here, including the one filed last week.

“The court generally finds that both monetary relief and non-monetary provisions are fair, reasonable, and adequate,” the California court said in a filing released today, according to Washington post.

The documents say the opposition’s evidence — in this case the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which has its own lawsuit against Activision Blizzard — is “speculative.”as mentioned small house, at the settlement hearing, a DFEH attorney argued to the judge that the EEOC’s motion to proceed with the settlement violated the states’ rights to their own judicial process. On the other hand, the EEOC said the DFEH had several months to make the request but waited until the “eleventh hour” to do so, even accusing the DFEH of delaying proceedings related to the lawsuit.Judge agrees and says DFEH’s arguments are “out of place,” according to small houseand if a party disagrees with them, they can take it to the Ninth Circuit.

“We are pleased that the court recognized that our agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was fair, adequate and in the public interest,” Activision Blizzard said in a statement Washington post“Our goal has always been to provide immediate and meaningful compensation to eligible employees who choose to participate, and to continue to improve the workplace and make Activision Blizzard a model for our industry.”

DFEH is concerned that if the settlement goes through, it will lose the opportunity to pursue further damages at the state court level, as the settlement will be at the federal level.

“DFEH will continue to vigorously prosecute its actions against Activision in California courts,” DFEH spokesman Fahizah Alim said in a statement Washington post“In recent weeks, the DFEH has denied Activision’s request for the court to dismiss the DFEH case, which has been seeking documents and other evidence of Activision’s years of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation violations. The court has set a trial date of February 2023. moon.”

lawyer Washington post Talked to claimants in the EEOC case, which is gearing up for a settlement, and DFEH’s lawsuit has the option to receive damages from the $18 million settlement. However, if they do choose to do so, they will be disqualified from continuing to participate in DFEH proceedings. The DFEH doesn’t want that to happen, which is why it and the EEOC are at odds over these lawsuits.

If approved, the $18 million settlement would be the second-largest sexual harassment settlement ever negotiated by a federal agency in the EEOC.according to Washington post The $18 million settlement will be used to create a harassment and discrimination prevention program at Activision Blizzard and will be audited by the EEOC, the report said. The remaining funds can go to charities related to women in gaming, or charities working to spread awareness of gender equality issues in gaming.

According to the non-monetary side, the settlement includes a clause that requires Activision Blizzard to expand its mental health counseling service and add a new people evaluation process that allows employees to leave feedback about their bosses. Washington postOn top of that, Activision Blizzard must hire an independent equal opportunity employment expert who will report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the company will also be required to conduct mandatory sexual harassment training. These terms will remain in place for three years, and the EEOC can seek monetary relief if Activision Blizzard violates them.

[Source: The Washington Post]