Riot Games to Pay Out $10 Million in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Daniel Fowler
December 3, 2019

Every female employee that has worked for League of Legends developer Riot Games in the last five years will receive payment from a proposed $10m United States dollars settlement fund, following a class action lawsuit alleging "gender discrimination in pay and promotion, sexual harassment, and retaliation against women working at" the company.

Los Angeles-based Riot Games produced "League of Legends", the world's most popular competitive video game.

The news follows Riot's announcement in August that it had made the decision to settle the suit in order to demonstrate its "commitment to owning our past, and to healing the company so that we can move forward together".

In a statement to the LA Times, a Riot spokesperson said, "We're pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit".

The lawsuit was first filed over a year ago by multiple ex-employees who alleged the company harbored a "bro-culture" of gender discrimination, harassment, and sexism that had been dismissed by management for years. Just how much each current or former employee receives will be determined in part by how long they worked at Riot Games and whether they were full-time or worked under a contract.

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The lawsuit claims that culture led to sexual harassment and misconduct.

The court is expected to confirm the settlement this week.

The suit also alleged that outspoken female employees faced retaliation from Riot, including "denied promotions, refusals to provide increased compensation or equal pay, demotions, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, losses of benefits, suspensions, terminations, and other adverse employment actions".

In response to the scandal, Riot committed to a series of internal initiatives to add more women to its leadership, close wage gaps, and change its company culture.

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