Final week, a brand new report surrounding the Activision Blizzard lawsuit(s) got here to gentle when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) introduced an investigation into a few of the writer’s main figures, together with CEO Bobby Kotick. In response to Kotick’s office initiatives press launch (additionally final week), the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee (EEOC) has change into the latest federal company to sue Activision Blizzard. In line with a Kotaku report, the EEOC lawsuit was lately settled. Nevertheless, extra troubling financial particulars have emerged.
Yesterday, Activision Blizzard launched a statement confirming that an settlement was reached with the EEOC that features “developing tools and training programs to assist efforts to improve workplace experiences.” What does this imply? Nicely, transferring ahead, Activision Blizzard will likely be committing a fund of $18 million to “compensate and make amends to eligible claimants.” Any further monies will likely be dispersed to charities that defend and help girls within the video games business and initiatives that advocate for office variety. A 3rd-party equal alternative marketing consultant can also be slated to report again to the writer’s Board of Administrators alongside the EEOC relating to the execution of those packages. Click on the hyperlink above for extra particulars.
The press launch goes on to state that the settlement remains to be topic to court docket approval. However, Kotick chimed in, stating:
“There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences. I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces. We will continue to be vigilant in our commitment to the elimination of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. We thank the EEOC for its constructive engagement as we work to fulfill our commitments to eradicate inappropriate conduct in the workplace.”
Regardless of this assertion, Bobby Kotick’s tenure because the main govt of Activision Blizzard has change into synonymous with a long history of harassment and discrimination – from sexual misconduct that has led to the lack of life to abhorrent gender-based pay gaps. Over the summer season, Eurogamer reported that Bobby Kotick’s $155 million pay packet was accepted by firm shareholders even after Kotick agreed to a 50% bonus cut and salary reduction. The lately settled $18 million funds for help packages and initiatives should not even 1 / 4 of the CEO’s alleged 2021 revenue.
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