Riot Games Sued For Gender-Based Discrimination

Riot Games Sued For Gender-Based Discrimination

According to Kotaku only a few months after their deep dive into the culture of misogyny at Riot Games, one former and one current employee have filed a class action lawsuit against the League of Legends publisher.

The article posted back in August took a deep dive into the publisher and interviewed 28 current and former employees over several months. The article found that some current and former employees felt the company had a ‘bro culture’ which allowed for female employees being sent unsolicited pictures and the likes regularly.

In a response to the article, Riot Games released a blog post apologising to those who felt let down by the company and outlining their first steps forwards. Taken directly from the blog post Riot Games stated:

“For the past three weeks, we’ve been focused on listening and learning. As a company we’re used to patching problems ASAP, but this patch will not happen overnight.”

As a result, three months later a class action lawsuit has been filed against the company. The lawsuit states:

“like many of Riot Games’ female employees, Plaintiffs have been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women. Moreover, Plaintiffs have also seen their working conditions negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games.”

Riot Games LA Campus

via: Riot Games

With the harsh allegations against the company structure and behaviour, it is no surprise that a lawsuit has followed. Riot has since sent a statement to Kotaku:

“While we do not discuss the details of ongoing litigation, we can say that we take every allegation of this nature seriously and investigate them thoroughly. We remain committed to a deep and comprehensive evolution of our culture to ensure Riot is a place where all Rioters thrive.”

To read more about the allegations and to read the lawsuit itself visit the Kotaku article here.

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