Riot famously known for creating League of Legends is facing gender discrimination settlement. If you don’t know the backstory behind this suit, you can read some lines from my previous article.
League of Legends creators Riot Games is facing a huge lawsuit at the moment. The company announced an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 2018 on the basis of pervasive sexism and gender-based discrimination at the studio. According to the investigation, the studio was free of “gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, however, the investigation acknowledges that “some Rioters have had bad experiences that did not live up to our values or culture”.
According to major sources, the settlement will cost at least $10 million to Riot. However, this $10 million will be further divided between 1,000 women employed by Studio between the time phrase of November 24 and the final day of lawsuit. The money charged to workers by suit will depend on the time the worker was hired, and his contract.
Women at Riot were treated very badly. Previously, Kotaku constantly exposed Riot’s “bro culture” or “men first”, in which many inappropriate things were described. There were things like crotch-grabbing, phantom humping, and sending sexual pictures to female employees. Furthermore, many women who talked against this were disrespected, decreased bonuses, unequal pay, and denied promotions.
Riot previously agreed on paying $10 million to their female employees, however the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a document on January 8, saying that the female employees could be worth more than that. Furthermore, it also mentioned regarding the future if Riot would change policies, the report described “no enforceable changes to employment policies, at a company alleged to be rife with sexism, are part of the settlement.”
Riot is not happy with this, their spokesperson Joe Hixon said that Riot “worked hard to negotiate with the lawyer representing the class to reach an agreement that we collectively believe is fair for the class members.” In his eyes, the interference of external agencies is a disruption “filled with inaccuracies and false allegations.”
We are particularly dismayed that the filing downplays and ignores the efforts we have made with respect to diversity, inclusion, and culture over the past 18 months,” Hixson added. “We look forward to making our case to the Court.”
The state has tried to intervene in the situation, with more logical charges and explanations. Furthermore, Riot luck will be challenged on January 31, when the court will decide if it can grant DLSE to intervene in the case. If this happens then there could be more discovery within Riot, thus more allegations would be made. Lastly, on February 3 court will decide the proposal shared by agencies, afterward, they can deny it or allow Riot to settle for $10 million.