Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Riot Games will pay $10 million to settle gender discrimination lawsuit

Riot Games will pay $10 million to settle gender discrimination lawsuit

The League of Legends developer will be paying every female employee that has worked under then in the last five years.

Riot Games, which is owned by Chinese giant Tencent, settled the class-action suit in August, with the details only now being released. The settlement has been agreed upon by the plaintiffs and defendant, but it still needs to be approved by the court. The approximately 1,000 female-identifying employees who worked at Riot between November 2014 and the time the settlement is complete will be eligible to receive a part of the settlement.

The settlement also commits Riot to continuing to improve its internal culture through better channels for reporting harassment and discrimination, a review of all pay, promotion, and hiring practices, and creating employee groups to track the company's progress.

"We are pleased to have a proposed agreement to completely resolve the class action lawsuit", Riot said in a statement.

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Onur Tamer, METAI General Manager at Riot Games, said: "We are delighted to announce the incredible music line-up for the first Riot Games tournament in region".

Two employees also filed individual wrongful termination and sexual harassment suits against the company. The company has worked hard over the a year ago to address the culture of sexism, creating a new recruitment, hiring and promotion structure, bringing in third-party culture consusltants and creating a new diversity director role, as well as adding women in leadership roles.

In the settlement documents, Riot Games noted that "a number of significant changes to the corporate culture have been made, including increased transparency and industry-leading diversity and inclusion programs". The employee numbers are usually representing the company's worldwide workforce and the case is related to the LA headquarters.

On Oct. 10, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a series of worker protection bills, including one that effectively gives employees the right to decline forced arbitration written into an employee contract.

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