The state argued that the modest settlement award in the federal case would allow Activision Blizzard to minimize its losses in a parallel state case based on allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Activision Blizzard agreed to pay a settlement to alleged victims of discrimination and harassment in its workforce, while improving its culture by changing its policies and practices.
The National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating complaints against the tech giant, which also may face a wrongful termination lawsuit by a former senior manager.
Male employees, supervisors, and executives may have routinely harassed female employees, while refusing to promote qualified women, paying them less than similarly situated men, and preventing them from complaining about workplace misconduct.
The shareholders allege that the Alphabet board improperly covered up incidents of sexual harassment and other misconduct by company executives.
A former employee of a Michigan McDonald's franchise has filed a class action lawsuit in state court alleging a "culture of sexual harassment" at the company, and seeking $5 million in damages for the purported class members. If the case moves forward as a class action, over four dozen women who have worked at the restaurant in question could join the lawsuit.
Last week, tech giant Google announced that it will be dropping its forced arbitration requirements, effectively allowing employees to sue Google in court, as well as join a class action lawsuit if they so choose. The news comes after months of effort and activism by a group of Google employees who have been working to effect change within the company since fall 2018. The initial disagreement related to the way Google allegedly handled sexual harassment and abuse controversies and resulted in a worldwide walkout of approximately 20,000 employees.
Last week, Match Group and its parent company IAC were sued by current and former employees of Tinder, among whom are co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen. The lawsuit includes allegations that the parent company withheld information about Tinder's potential growth to avoid paying billions of dollars to the start-up team.