On December 27th, Riot Games announced that it had agreed to pay out $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit against the organization. The lawsuit, which was filed in November of 2018, alleged that Riot allowed for pay disparity, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
“Three years ago, Riot was at the heart of what became a reckoning in our industry,” a Riot Games spokesperson said. “We had to face the fact that despite our best intentions, we hadn’t always lived up to our values. As a company we stood at a crossroads; we could deny the shortcomings of our culture, or we could apologize, correct course, and build a better Riot. We chose the latter… While we’re proud of how far we’ve come since 2018, we must also take responsibility for the past. We hope that this settlement properly acknowledges those who had negative experiences at Riot and demonstrates our desire to lead by example in bringing more accountability and equality to the games industry.”
$80 million will be given to all current and former employees/contractors (who identify as women) in California that worked for the company between November of 2014 and December 27th, 2021. An extra $20 million will be used to pay attorney fees as well as other miscellaneous expenses.
“This is a great day for the women of Riot Games — and for women at all video game and tech companies — who deserve a workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination,” said lawyer Genie Harrison. “We appreciate Riot’s introspection and work since 2018 toward becoming 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.”
(All information was provided by Greenwich Time and IGN)
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