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Activision to Pay Bias Victims in Settlement With EEOC

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(Bloomberg) -- Activision Blizzard Inc., the videogame giant, agreed to create an $18 million fund for alleged victims of discrimination or harassment as part of a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its workplace practices.

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The company also announced in a statement Monday the creation of an initiative to develop software tools and training programs to improve workplace policies and practices for employers across the technology industry.

Activision Blizzard, which makes games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, has been embroiled in controversy over its treatment of employees. The complaint and the settlement were filed on Monday after talks between the agency and Activision, the company said. The settlement is subject to court approval.

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Activision in July, alleging the company fostered a “frat boy” culture in which female employees were subjected to sexual harassment, pay inequality and retaliation. Days later, an employee walkout drew hundreds of demonstrators to the sidewalks of the company’s corporate campus in Southern California.

(Corrects headline and third paragraph to reflect timing of the complaint, settlement.)

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