The Electronic Arts-owned company has agreed to pay $18 million in a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after it was accused of discriminating against female employees.
The eeoc meaning is a word that has been used in the past to describe an insult or injury. In this case, it describes Activision-Blizzard’s $18M settlement with the EEOC as a slap in the face.
We reported on a proposed settlement between Activision-Blizzard and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday night. In connection with the business’s continuing sexual harassment and discrimination issue, the EEOC was one of four state and federal authorities investigating and/or suing the corporation. Blizzard, on the other hand, revealed intentions to resolve EEOC-related lawsuits by setting up a $18 million fund to “compensate and make apologies to qualified claimants,” with the remaining funds going to “as authorized by the EEOC” charities.
Disapproval from inside the business was nearly instantaneous, as gamers and employees hastened to point out that although $18 million may seem like a good deal for a few victims, we’re talking about a lot of claims since the Cosby Crew days, and it’s also not a large amount in perspective. The company Activision-Blizzard is valued at approximately $72 billion dollars. This year, Bobby Kotick will earn $155 million. According to the company’s most recent sales report, it generates approximately $25 million each day. As a result, $18 million does not seem to be adequate compensation or punishment for years of abusive behavior. It might be seen as a slap on the wrist in this situation.
If that’s your viewpoint, you’ll be relieved to learn that labor organizers share it. The Campaign to Organize Digital Employees, a gaming-related section of the Communications Workers of America union, slammed the settlement, calling it “pennies in comparison to the resources available to this cash-rich company.”
CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens said, “The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has conveyed a message that corporate bad actors will not be held responsible for their exploitation of employees.”
It’s past time for bad corporate actors to face REAL consequences—workers deserve just as much, if not more. pic.twitter.com/mfbsxZmfsc
September 29, 2021 — CODE-CWA (@CODE CWA)
Multiple Blizzard employees and executives have been fired as a result of the California DFEH’s initial lawsuit, sponsors have abandoned the company, and the California DFEH has accused the company of interfering with witnesses and shredding evidence related to the lawsuit, as we’ve been reporting since July. We’ve also highlighted the company’s growing labor movement, which Activision-Blizzard has addressed by hiring a union-busting outfit. Activision-Blizzard has yet to recognize or respond to any of the proto-legitimate union’s requests. Blizzard now confronts the California case, the National Labor Relations Board action, and the SEC probe, with the EOCC satisfied.
The whole saga:
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