Riot Games, the company behind such games as League of Legends and Valorant, will pay out a total of $100 million — including an $80 million settlement, plus an additional $20 million in fees and expenses — after reaching a global settlement agreement with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and several private Plaintiffs to resolve its gender discrimination lawsuit from 2018.
According to the agreement, Riot Games will pay $80 millions to all current or former full-time employees in California and to temporary agency contractors who work at the company between November 2014 and the present. The other $20 million will go towards “attorneys’ fees and miscellaneous expenses. “
Furthermore, Riot has agreed to have its internal reporting and pay equity processes monitored by a third-party company that is approved by both Riot and the DFEH for three years. The court has pending approval of the settlement and a hearing will take place in “the next months.”
“Three decades ago, Riot was at center of what would become a reckoning within our industry,” a Riot spokesperson stated. We had to accept that, despite our best intentions and our highest ideals, we didn’t always live up to them. We were at a crossroads as a company. We could either deny our cultural shortcomings or correct them and create a better Riot. The latter was the one we chose.
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“We’re incredibly grateful to every Rioter who has worked to create a culture where inclusivity is the norm, where we’re deeply committed to fairness and equality, and where embracing diversity fuels creativity and innovation.
” While we are proud of the progress we have made since 2018,, we must also acknowledge our 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.”
In this case, Riot Games is represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, while the plaintiffs in the class are represented by Genie Harrison Law APC and JML Law APLC. Genie Harrison released a statement stating that it was a wonderful day, not only for Riot Games’ women but also for all those in the gaming and tech industries who deserve a place free from harassment and discrimination.
“This day is great for Riot Games’ women and all women in video games and tech companies. They deserve a place that is free from harassment and discrimination.” Genie Harrison said. “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.”
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