League of Legends developer Riot Games will pay $100 million (88 million euros) to end a class action lawsuit over sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace. The California company announced this on Tuesday.
Two former employees filed a first complaint in 2018. They said they were victims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment at Riot Games. This led to a class action lawsuit joined by hundreds of (former) employees.
The company will pay $80 million to compensate employees. The state of California said in a press release that at least 2,300 women who worked at Riot Games as of November 2014 are eligible for compensation. Another $20 million was set aside to offset the plaintiffs’ legal costs.
Riot Games has also agreed to have an independent review of internal gender processes for pay and promotions… for a period of three years. The settlement has not yet been approved by the court.
“This is an important day for the women of Riot Games — and for all the women working in video games and technology companies. They deserve a workplace where they are not intimidated and discriminated against,” said Jenny Harrison of the law firm representing the plaintiffs. To become a more diversified and inclusive company.”
Riot Games itself said it accepted its responsibility and chose to “apologise, change course and build better riots”.
Riot Games isn’t the only gaming company that suffers from gender discrimination. A group of about 150 Activision Blizzard employees last month demanded the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotik. He had known for years about allegations of sexual harassment at the company known for the games “World of Warcraft” and “Call of Duty”. The Wall Street Journal also reported cases in which Kotik himself was accused.
Activision Blizzard has denied the allegations against its CEO and the board said it fully supports Kotick. In October, the game producer fired more than 20 employees over allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace
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