In a statement videogame publisher Activision Blizzard along with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said, they have agreed to settle claims over sexual harassment and discrimination in the company’s workplace.
Under the agreement, Activision has committed to create a $18 million fund to compensate and make amends to eligible claimants.
The EEOC, which been investigating allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation at the videogaming giant, found that the company had failed to take preventive and corrective measures on sexual harassment complaints, according to a filing in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California.
Activision Blizzard responded saying, it is appointing a third-party consultant for overseeing and reviewing the company’s practices, whose findings will be reported regularly to the board of directors as well as to the Commission.
“There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in a statement.
He went on to add, “I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces”.