Riot Games, the company behind the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, is in hot water yet again.
The company recently settled a lawsuit with its current and former female employees for gender-based discrimination. Most of the details of the settlement are unclear. Still, according to sources from The Verge, the payment to the employees is at least ten million dollars. The funds will go to around 1,000 women who were employed by the company from November 2014 until present day (November 2019).
The incident at hand is not the first incident involving gender-based discrimination at the company. In 2018, the company had a lawsuit filed against them for gender discrimination. Riot has been reported to have a “Bro culture,” where females do not have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Women would not get an equal chance for promotions and were treated poorly by their coworkers. These issues were the cause of an employee walkout in the spring of 2019.
After this latest settlement, the company is shaping up. After this newest string of lawsuits, the company will begin to crack down on harassment. The women’s legal representative stated,
“A number of significant changes to the corporate culture have been made, including increased transparency and industry-leading diversity and inclusion programs.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This law made it possible for women to file suit for discrimination and will be the law that will cause more lawsuits.
Gaming is primarily associated with men. However, as society becomes more tolerant, we will see women play a more significant role in gaming. Issues similar to this one will come up in Developers, Esports, and streaming. While this is the first lawsuit we currently are aware of, there could be many more to come.
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Sources: The Verge, Kotaku, LA Times
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