AI news: Activision Blizzard Settles Landmark Lawsuit Amidst Claims of Sexism and Pay Inequality

In a groundbreaking resolution, gaming giant Activision Blizzard, acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 billion in 2021, settles a high-profile lawsuit on charges of sexism, pay disparity, and intimidation.

The gaming industry behemoth and the plaintiffs now seek an out-of-court settlement, where Activision Blizzard, in addition to significant financial compensation, agrees to "new commitments" addressing discrimination issues.

Company's Statement: Activision Blizzard released a statement expressing satisfaction with reaching an agreement with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The company acknowledges the importance of the issues raised in the settlement and pledges full commitment to fulfilling the new obligations outlined within.

Positive Developments: A spokesperson for Activision Blizzard stated their satisfaction with the DFEH agreeing to withdraw the 2021 complaint, which alleged widespread and systematic workplace harassment.

Forward Steps: Pending court approval, Activision Blizzard will implement additional measures to ensure fair wages and promote advancement practices within the company. Monetary assistance will also be provided to women hired or under contract in California between October 12, 2015, and December 31, 2020.