Activision Blizzard has announced that it will pay $18 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a US government agency accusing it of sexual discrimination.
The company that produces the world-famous “Call of Duty”, “World of Warcraft” and “Candy Crush” games, said it “reached a settlement agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the complaint filed by the agency.”
“As part of the settlement, which is subject to court approval, it will create a fund of $18 million to compensate those affected,” she added.
She noted that “any remaining amount will be donated to charities that combat sexual harassment, support gender equality, and support women in the video game industry.”
“There is no place in our company for discrimination, harassment or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the female employees who bravely shared their experiences,” Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotik said in a statement.
“I remain steadfast in my commitment to making Activision Blizzard one of the most respected workplaces in the world,” he added.
In a complaint filed Monday, the EEOC accused Activision Blizzard of exposing female employees to sexual harassment, retaliating against them for complaining about harassment and paying female employees less than male employees.
She added in her accusation that the company “discriminated against pregnant employees.”