California Fair Employment Dept. Does Not Like Settlemient Between Activision Blizzard and EEOC

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) objected to a $18M USD settlement between Activision Blizzard and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In order to finalize the settlement fund announced at the end of September to address claims of gender discrimination and harassment targeted at female employees, it needs to be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Stephen Totilo of Axios Gaming first revealed the filing Thursday evening, posting scanned court documents on Twitter.
DFEH said it does not agree to the settlement because it would release the company from claims, even though the EEOC does not have to stand in state courts to prosecute alleged violations, and it would undermine the agency’s investigations and enforcement actions against the company. According to DFEH, the settlement agreement contains provisions that allow the destruction or alteration of evidence (such as personnel files and other documents related to sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination) that are vital to their investigation.
“Eligible” employees would be compensated, with the remainder allocated to non-profit organizations that advance women in the video game industry and raise awareness about sexual harassment and gender equality, “as approved by the EEOC.”
Activision Blizzard’s treatment of female employees remains under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Communications Workers of America union has filed a complaint with the Federal Labor Relations Board (FLRB).
The DFEH’s initial lawsuit filed earlier this year claims Blizzard Entertainment fostered a “frat boy” environment in which female employees were subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination. A two-year investigation into the company’s employment practices led to the lawsuit..


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