Kirsten Grind, Sarah E. Needleman
Activision Blizzard Inc. on Monday said it had agreed to pay $18 million as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which had been examining allegations of gender-based harassment and retaliation at the embattled videogame-publishing giant.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision /zigman2/quotes/200717283/composite ATVI +0.12% , with about 10,000 employees across the world, agreed to an outside monitor approved by the EEOC to make sure Activision is complying with its settlement agreement, according to a company press release. The findings by the outside consultant will be reported regularly to the EEOC and Activision’s board of directors, the company said.
The EEOC since 2018 had been looking into the allegations, according to a complaint the agency filed against Activision in U.S. District Court shortly before the settlement.
The EEOC, in the complaint, said Activision employees were subjected to “sexual harassment that was severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of employment.” Activision “failed to take corrective and preventative measures,” according to the complaint.
Activision, known for its “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft” and “Candy Crush” franchises, said the agreement is subject to court approval.
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