Activision Blizzard has been the subject of multiple lawsuits from government watchdogs alleging years of sexual discrimination and harassment at the company. In September, the company and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced plans for an $18 million USD settlement. Today, US district judge Dale Fischer has approved that settlement.
In a previously-published summary of the settlement, Activision Blizzard will pay claimants with the $18 million fund which, as The Washington Post reports, is the second-largest sexual harassment settlment the EEOC has negotiated. Claimants will be required to opt-in in order to receive compensation, and in doing so, will have to waive their right to participate in the lawsuit from California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) on the issues of harassment, retaliation, or pregnancy discrimination. If an individual has a specific claim that was not covered by the EEOC suit, they can still be part of the DFEH suit.
The state of California’s DFEH filed its lawsuit in July, months ahead of the EEOC suit. After initial plans of a settlement between the EEOC and Activision Blizzard were announced, the DFEH objected, saying that the settlement could hurt its own case.