A gender discrimination settlement requires Activision Blizzard to pay $55 million
Activision Blizzard, the US publishing giant, has reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought against it by the California Civil Rights Department (CCRD), formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, according to the New York Times. The settlement amounts to $54,875,000, with up to $45,750,000 allocated to rectify unfair pay and discrimination issues faced by female employees, and the remaining sum covering litigation costs.
Compensation may be available for female employees and contractors who were associated with Activision Blizzard between October 12th, 2015, and December 31st, 2020.
Notably, the settlement agreement doesn't entail an admission of wrongdoing by Activision Blizzard. Both the publisher and the CCRD emphasized that "no court or any independent investigation has substantiated any allegations." Additionally, the government body's investigation reportedly found no evidence of wrongdoing by Activision's board.
Filed in 2021, the lawsuit alleged a frat boy culture at Activision Blizzard, and this resolution brings an end to the legal proceedings surrounding these accusations.
Source: adapted from an article by Alex Calvin, PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor for Pocket.Gamer.biz.