Fallout from the toxic work culture at Activision Blizzard continues to make front page headlines as it was announced this week that the company had settled possible legal action from the federal US government. Soon after it was announced that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was pursuing legal action, Activision Blizzard announced that it had settled the case with EEOC. EEOC is a federal watch dog that enforces certain aspects of employment law, and in this case, was pursuing claims of gender discrimination and harassment.
The $18 million settlement will be used to compensate former and current employees who faced discrimination or harassment during their employment at Activision Blizzard. The company maintains that any of the funds the remain after all eligible claims are disbursed will be used to assist charities dedicated to helping women in the video game industry. The settlement also requires Activision Blizzard to strengthen efforts to prevent harassment and discrimination at the company.
The EEOC settlement is not without its critics. The labor union Communication Workers of America pointed out that $18 million represents a very tiny fraction of Activision Blizzard’s estimated value of $72 billion. It is unknown exactly how many eligible claimants will be able to seek compensation from the EEOC settlement. The company is still contending with other legal actions taken by California authorities.
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The alleged violations of employment law that occurred at Activision Blizzard were brazen and widespread. Unfortunately, employment law violations of this nature are not limited to this one company. The Activision Blizzard legal actions are being widely reported due to the size of the company, but many smaller companies also have toxic work environments.
It is important for workers to understand that actions of discrimination and harassment are never acceptable, and if you are a victim, you have the legal right to pursue damages under employment law. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of discrimination and harassment pursue justice. We provide free consultations, so call us today at 888-517-9888.