Activision Blizzard faced a gender discrimination lawsuit raised in July 2021, alleging that female employees were subject to sexual harassment, unfair treatment, and lower salaries than their male counterparts.
The court case ended with a proposed settlement of $54 million. Around $45 million of this amount has been reserved for compensation payouts for the impacted female-presenting employees.
Activision Blizzard has pledged to ensure parity between male and female employees going forward.
In September 2021, Activision Blizzard settled another claim of sexual harassment and discrimination, paying out $18 million in compensation. In 2022, the company was pursued in a wrongful death lawsuit after an employee tragically took her own life due to alleged repeated sexual harassment.
A spokesperson from Activision Blizzard stated their dedication to fully implementing all the new obligations assumed as part of the agreement. The court determined that Activision Blizzard’s leadership team, including CEO Bobby Kotick, acted improperly or tolerated a culture of harassment or discrimination.
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