Activision to pay $50 million to settle workplace harassment lawsuit

(Reuters) -Activision Blizzard can pay roughly $50 million to settle a 2021 lawsuit by a California regulator that alleged the videogame maker discriminated towards ladies staff, together with denying them promotion alternatives and underpaying them.

California’s Civil Rights Division (CRD) had sued the “Name of Obligation” maker after two years of investigation over allegations that it routinely underpaid and failed to advertise feminine staff and condoned sexual harassment.

Activision will take extra steps to make sure truthful pay and promotion practices and supply financial aid to ladies who have been staff or contract staff in California between Oct. 12, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2020, as a part of the settlement, which is topic to court docket approval, the CRD mentioned in a press release on Friday.

The CRD will completely withdraw the allegations and dismiss its systemic harassment-related claims, in accordance with the settlement settlement that was seen by Reuters.

“Within the settlement settlement, the CRD expressly acknowledged that ‘no court docket or unbiased investigation has substantiated any allegations that there was systemic or widespread sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard’,” the videogame maker mentioned in a press release on Friday.

The corporate additionally mentioned that no investigation substantiated that its board or chief government acted improperly in dealing with situations of office misconduct.

Activision, which was purchased in October by Microsoft for almost $69 billion, agreed in 2021 to pay as much as $18 million to settle comparable claims made by the Equal Employment Alternative Fee.

(Reporting by Arsheeya Bajwa in Bengaluru and Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York; Enhancing by Sayantani Ghosh, Grant McCool and Leslie Adler)

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