The studio’s original offer of $10 million was rejected for being too low (pic: Riot Games)
Three years later, Riot Games has agreed to pay 10 times what it offered to its female employees for alleged gender discrimination.
In 2018, League Of Legends developer Riot Games was hit with a class-action lawsuit for workplace discrimination and harassment towards women employees.
Just over three years later, the lawsuit has finally been resolved, with Riot Games agreeing to a settlement of $100million (just under £74.4m). A minimum of $80m (approximately £59.5m) will be paid to 1,065 employees and 1,300 contract workers as compensation.
This is 10 times what Riot Games initially offered in 2019, but the State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) objected, as it believed it was an insufficient amount.
Furthermore, the studio must hire two, DFEH-approved third parties to monitor it for the next three years and ensure employees are being paid equally and to review any human resource complaints.
In a statement from the agency, DFEH director Kevin Kish said: ‘This historic agreement reflects California’s commitment to strategic and effective government enforcement of the State’s robust equal-pay, anti-discrimination, and antiharassment laws.
‘If entered by the court, this decree will compensate employees and contractors affected by sex discrimination and harassment, ensure lasting change in this workplace, and send the message that all industries in California, including the gaming industry, must provide equal pay and workplaces free from discrimination and harassment.’
The settlement still needs to be approved by the court, but it doesn’t cover the lawsuit filed against Riot Games’ CEO Nicolo Laurent. Earlier this year, IGN reported that Laurent was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.
Riot’s own investigation found no evidence of any harassment or discrimination on Laurent’s part, and the studio soon requested that the case be pushed into arbitration i.e., settled out of court.
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