Hawaii residents who work within the state expect their jobs to be free from harassment. However, for many women, sexual harassment in the workplace is something that still occurs in spite of it being illegal. Recently, a large game maker was the subject of an EEOC lawsuit.
What is the lawsuit about?
Activision Blizzard, a well-known gaming company, recently agreed to settle a lawsuit spurred by female employees who claimed sexual harassment and discrimination. The company has agreed to pay $18 million as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Although it was hit with various claims from only women employees, the company stated that as part of the settlement agreement, it would create a fund to compensate anyone eligible. The remaining funds are said to be going to charities that aim to educate on gender equality and further the cause in the gaming industry. Some will also go toward creating more diversity and inclusion within the company.
The company’s CEO stated that there is no room within the company for sexual harassment or discrimination of any kind. He further claimed to be proud of the employees who stood up to take action and share their experiences.
What were the EEOC’s claims against the company?
The complaint filed by the EEOC accused the company of illegal sexual harassment of its female employees, paying women less than men and retaliation against them for reporting harassment. Additionally, the complaint also claimed that women were discriminated against for pregnancy.
The CEO stated that the company would be moving forward to strongly eliminate harassment and discrimination from its culture and promote an inclusive working environment.
The EEOC is not the first government agency to target Activision Blizzard. Earlier in the year, the company was hit with another lawsuit in California. The lawsuit stated that there was a “frat boy” environment in the workplace that led to employees walking out. Another complaint came from the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the company of unfair labor practices.
You are entitled to be treated fairly just like any other employee in your workplace. If you have faced discrimination or sexual harassment, you have a right to file a complaint.