What happened? This week, the US Job Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for job discrimination and sexual harassment. This is the latest group in the US government to do so, as the company was accused of hosting "brother-brother" culture last summer. On the same day, Activision Blizzard agreed to a deal worth $18 million.
The complaint alleges that employees of Activision Blizzard were subjected to work and wages due to sexism and discrimination during pregnancy and retaliation against the company for filing a complaint about these cases. "Employees were subjected to severe or widespread sexual harassment for changing working conditions," the complaint said. "The behavior was disturbing and negatively affected the staff. The defendants knew or should have known about the sexual harassment of the injured staff."
The lawsuit alleges that the company launched an Activision Blizzard investigation in 2018 and carried out harassment in 2016 in response to EEOC complaints.
So far this year, Activision Blizzard has been supervised by the California Department of Labor and Fair Housing, US Communications Workers, and the Securities and Exchange Commission based on the same allegations. Since then, the president of Blizzard has left the company. Several Blizzard game designers and the company's legal director have done the same. These events could lead to a significant drop in the number of players and the popularity of Blizzard on Twitch. The investor press release states that it will pledge $18 million in reparations to victims and projects that support women in the video game industry. The courts and the EEOC must affirm these obligations. It also said it is expanding performance review programs by focusing on equal opportunity to prevent harassment. The Program intends to begin monitoring and evaluating training programs, research policies, and the disciplinary framework when such reviews are submitted to the Board of Directors and the EEOC. “There is no place for discrimination in our company. Thank you,” said Bobby Kotik, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “I am sorry that someone experienced inappropriate behavior, and I remain committed to making Activision Blizzard one of the most popular, respected and respected workplaces in the world.”
Activision Blizzard agrees with US Equal Opportunity Commission after their complaint
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