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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 12:38 IST

Activision Blizzard to pay $50 million to settle workplace discrimination lawsuit

The lawsuit accused the company of discriminating against its women employees by denying promotion opportunities and underpaying them.

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Videogame giant Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay approximately $50 million to settle a 2021 workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by the California Civil Rights Department (CRD). The lawsuit accused the company of discriminating against its women employees by denying promotion opportunities and underpaying them.

The settlement, subject to court approval, will see the withdrawal of allegations related to systemic sexual harassment. However, it addresses remaining claims that Activision discriminated against women, including issues of denied promotions and gender-based pay disparities. The CRD stated in a Friday release that the settlement also involves additional measures by Activision to ensure fair pay and promotion practices.

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Under the agreement, Activision will provide monetary relief to women who were employees or contract workers in California between October 12, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2020. The company emphasized that the CRD explicitly acknowledged in the settlement that there was no substantiation of systemic or widespread sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard clarified that no investigation found its board or chief executive to have acted improperly in handling instances of workplace misconduct. The settlement echoes the company's commitment to addressing concerns related to workplace culture and gender-based discrimination.

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The videogame maker, acquired by Microsoft for nearly $69 billion in October, had previously agreed in 2021 to pay up to $18 million to settle similar claims made by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

(With Reuters inputs)
 

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 12:38 IST

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