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Activision $18 Million Bias Settlement Headed for Court Approval

March 22, 2022, 8:25 PM

A federal judge in California said Tuesday that she was prepared to approve Activision Blizzard Inc.'s settlement with the EEOC over sexual harassment and discrimination claims, subject to limited further argument and revisions to address certain concerns.

Activision agreed to create an $18 million fund for victims of sexual harassment and discrimination and to implement workplace reforms under the deal with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Judge Dale S. Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said she was “generally satisfied that both the monetary relief and the nonmonetary provisions are fair, reasonable, and adequate.”

Fischer said that many of the statements made in the objections to the deal by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing “are simply inaccurate, based on speculation, or otherwise address issues that the DFEH should not be concerned with.”

The court scheduled a hearing March 29 on the proposed amended consent decree.

Paul Hastings LLP represents Activision.

The case is EEOC v. v. Activision Blizzard Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 2:21-cv-07682, 3/22/22.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Flood in Washington at bflood@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Steven Patrick at spatrick@bloomberglaw.com