Riot Games, developer of League of Legends Y Valuing, has agreed to pay $ 100 million for a 2018 gender discrimination class action lawsuit. The company will pay $ 80 million to class members and approximately $ 20 million for plaintiffs’ legal fees. The lawsuit was filed in November 2018 by now-former employees Melanie McCracken and Jess Negrn, who alleged gender discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and misconduct at Riot Games.
The lawsuit was followed by two investigations led by California state agencies and apparently one of the triggers of the case was the article published by Kotaku titled “inside the sexist culture at Riot Games” with several interviews with several women who were rejected during the hiring process.
“This is a great day for the women of Riot Games, and for the women of all video game and technology companies. that they deserve a workplace free from harassment and discrimination, “said the plaintiffs’ attorney.” We appreciate Riot’s introspection and the work done since 2018 to become a more diverse and inclusive company. ” The Washington Post.
With the agreement Riot Games also confirms changes in certain employment policies that include greater transparency in the payment of wages and that you do not base your employees’ pay or job assignments on the track record of these individuals. The publisher will also implement a policy that requires the presence of a woman or an underrepresented community member in job selection.
In addition, Riot Games must be supervised by a third party for three years. That part monitor HR complaints, how they are handled and whether employees are paid fairly regardless of gender. The third party, who can be a natural person, must have the approval of both the company and the DFEH (Department of Fair Employment and Housing). If the review finds that Riot Games needs to improve its practices, recommend changes to implement that the judge presiding over the lawsuit can enforce.