The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint against Activision Blizzard under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, alleging unlawful gender discrimination and harassment.
In the legal complaint, the EEOC detailed an investigation into gender discrimination against female employees, retaliation against female employees for complaining of discrimination, and lower wages of female employees than male employees. If this is true, all three allegations would constitute violations of Title VII which prohibits discrimination based on sex in the workplace.
According to the complaint, the EEOC conducted a “full investigation” from September 2018 to June 2021. In June, they issued the defendants with a letter of determination, finding reasonable cause for the claims listed above.
Without going into details, the EEOC claims to have found multiple cases of illegal incidents of sexual harassment “of discrimination related to pregnancy and / or retaliation”.
“The employees were subjected to sexual harassment which was severe and pervasive in order to change the terms of employment,” said the EEOC. “The conduct was unwelcome and harmed the employees. The defendants knew or should have known that the sexual harassment of the employees had negative effects.”
They further alleged that Activision Blizzard retaliated against employees who engaged in activities protected by Title VII, including dismissing complaints of sexual harassment and complaints of pregnancy-related discrimination.
The new lawsuit is Activision Blizzard’s latest legal challenge, after the state of California revealed its own sex discrimination lawsuit earlier this year.
Activision Blizzard released A declaration, in response to the new trial. In that statement, they pledged to create an $ 18 million fund to compensate claimants against them, with unclaimed ones going to charities that stand up for women and diversity in the game. CEO Bobby Kotick said also stated in that statement that there was “no room” for discrimination or harassment at Activision Blizzard.