Riot games, the company behind games like League of Legends and Valorant, or recent series like Arcane, will pay a total of $ 100 million (including a settlement of $ 80 million, plus another $ 20 million in fees and expenses) after reaching a global settlement with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and various private plaintiffs to resolve your 2018 gender discrimination lawsuit.
According to the agreement, Riot will pay $ 80 million to all California temp agency employees and contractors who identify as female and who have worked at the company from November 2014 to the present.. The other $ 20 million will go to “attorneys’ fees and miscellaneous expenses“.
What’s more, Riot has agreed to have its internal reporting and equal pay processes monitored by an external company approved by both Riot and DFEH for three years. Final court approval of this settlement is currently pending, and a hearing is expected to be held in the “next months“.
“Three years ago, Riot was at the center of what became a reckoning in our industry.“said a Riot spokesperson.”We had to face the fact that despite our best intentions, we had not always lived up to our values. As a company, we were at a crossroads: We could deny the flaws in our culture, or we could apologize, correct course, and build a better Riot. We choose the second. “
“We are incredibly grateful to all the Rioter who have worked to create a culture where inclusion is the norm, where we are deeply committed to justice and equality, and where embracing diversity nurtures creativity and diversity. innovation.”
“While we are proud of how far we have come since 2018, we must also take responsibility for the past. We hope this agreement adequately recognizes those who had negative experiences at Riot and demonstrates our desire to lead by example to bring more responsibility and equality to the gaming industry.. “
Genie Harrison, one of the plaintiffs’ representatives, has also issued a statement in which says it’s a big day not just for the women at Riot Games, but for everyone in the gaming and tech industries they deserve a workplace free from any type of harassment and discrimination.
“This is a great day for the women of Riot Games – and for the women of all video game and technology companies – who deserve a workplace free from harassment and discrimination.“Genie Harrison said.”We appreciate Riot’s introspection and work since 2018 to become a more diverse and inclusive company, its willingness to take responsibility for its past, and its commitment to continued fairness and equality in the future.. “
The Kotaku media spoke with 28 employees who had dealt with a job that “in some cases, reward behavior that hurts women. “
Jessica Negron, one of the two plaintiffs at the trial, said she went through a situation where her manager had resigned and she assumed all of her responsibilities, but He did not see any increase in compensation for the change of position. Three men were hired instead of her, even though she came forward, and was not even interviewed or discussed with her about the position.
Melanie McCracken is the other plaintiff in the case and claimed that after discussing her experiences with the sexist culture at the company, “HR did not keep the meeting confidential and leaked the information to his supervisor.“In 2015, she accepted a new position, and her former supervisor was then promoted to a higher position a year later. McCracken was then told that he had been”counted down from five months to find a new position before ‘being fired’“.
In 2019, Riot Games was ordered to pay at least $ 10 million as part of a settlement for the lawsuit, but the DFEH stepped in and blocked the settlement, declaring that these victims should receive up to $ 400 million.