Riot Games, a subsidiary of Tencent, said on Monday that it has agreed to pay $100 million to resolve a 2018 gender-based discrimination class-action lawsuit with California state agencies and present and former female workers.
The investigation began in 2018, when the gaming news site Kotaku released an investigation on the company’s gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment.
This was followed by a lawsuit filed in November 2018 by ex-employees Melanie McCracken and Jess Negrón, as well as two investigations launched by California state authorities.
The most of the agreement, $80 million, will have to go to women who have worked with Riot since November 2014. According to DFEH, at least 2,365 people, including contractual employees, are entitled to receive a portion of the settlement. The remaining $20 million will be paid as legal costs and “miscellaneous expenses,” according to Riot.
Riot committed to workplace improvements, independent expert review of its pay, hiring, and promotion processes, and to be monitored for incidents of sexual harassment and “retaliation” at its California locations for three years. You can also know more about Donald Parham Hospitalized after Hitting Head.
“Announcing one’s reality is the singularity that alters everything in the quest for equality,” former Riot artist Gabriela Downie remarked. “It requires courage to speak up against injustice and sorrow, but the proper people will listen you and aid.” I’m thankful to the other Riot women who stood with me, as well as all Rioters who encouraged our efforts to obtain pay equality and fair rights for women.”
According to DFEH Director Kevin Kish, if the settlement is accepted by the court, it will result in long-term reform at Riot Games and “convey the message that all companies in California, along with the gaming sector, will have to provide equitable pay and workplaces free of harassment and discrimination.”