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Activision Blizzard has faced a lot of controversy over the past few years. The company has been accused of promoting a “fraternity boy” culture in its workplace, which includes gender discrimination and allegations of sexual harassment. Activision has reached an $18 million relief agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
However, this $18 million settlement could prevent further litigation against the company. Other lawsuits are being filed against Activision Blizzard, including one by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The DFEH argued against Activision’s settlement with the EEOC, claiming that the settlement violated the states’ rights to its jurisdiction and was not part of the normal course of justice.
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The EEOC then hit back at the DFEH, citing that the DFEH had months to present its arguments but chose to wait until the eleventh hour to present its arguments instead. A judge echoed the EEOC’s contention, agreeing that the DFEH’s arguments were “outdated”. The judge also requests that anyone who disagrees with the settlement should bring it before the Ninth Circuit Court.
The Washington Post addresses how bad the settlement with the EEOC could be for DFEH and victims who have suffered sexual harassment while working at Activision. According to the Washington Post, the EEOC settlement includes a clause allowing Activision Blizzard to remove allegations of sexual harassment from the files of the settlement applicants. This could prevent further litigation against Activision. The EEOC disputes the clause, arguing that the Consent Decree does not require or authorize the destruction of these documents. The DFEH lawsuit is scheduled for February 27, 2023.
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