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Activision Blizzard, U.S. employment watchdog reach agreement in sexual harassment and discrimination case By Reuters


© Reuters. This is the entrance to Activision Blizzard Inc. in Irvine, California (USA), August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

By Sabahatjahan Contractor

(Reuters) – Videogame publisher Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Monday that it had come to an agreement regarding claims of sexual harassment in company workplaces.

Activision, owner of the “Call of Duty”, and “Candy Crush”, franchises, stated in a statement that it had agreed to establish a $18 million fund for compensation and amends.

Activision has been under investigation by the EEOC for over three years. The EEOC discovered that the company did not take preventive or corrective steps to address sexual harassment claims. This was according to a U.S. District Court of the Central District of California filing.

Activision Blizzard stated that it has appointed a third party consultant to oversee and review the company’s operations. The board of directors and the Commission will receive the findings, the company said.

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Bobby Kotick (Activision Blizzard CEO) stated that “there is no place at our company to discrimination, harassment or unequal treatment any type, and I’m grateful for the brave employees who shared their experiences.”

His statement stated that he was sorry for any inappropriate conduct and that he will not relent in his commitment to making Activision Blizzard a respected and inclusive workplace.

The company stated last week that it is continuing to cooperate with regulators in addressing the complaints about its workplace.

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