The lawsuit alleges systemic sexism and gender-based discrimination at Riot Games.
One current and one former employee have sued the studio over what they allege is a ‘men first’ environment. Allegedly, Riot themselves encouraged the “men first” atmosphere at the company. Kotaku reports, “Riot Games is simply sweeping these allegations under the rug with empty investigations and counseling, while protecting bad actors from any repercussion.” The lawsuit comes three months after PC Gamer reported on the ‘bro culture’ of Riot Games, sparking outrage from female gamers.
Riot allegedly violated California’s Equal Pay Act.
The complaint argues that Riot violated California’s Equal Pay Act, as well as broke a law against gender-based discrimination. The lawsuit claims, “Like many of Riot Games’ female employees, Plaintiffs have been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women. Moreover, Plaintiffs have also seen their working conditions negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games.”
The plaintiffs asked for compensation on unpaid wages. They also want compensation for damages and other penalties. The compensation will be determined at the trial. Furthermore, the plaintiffs want to stop Riot’s practice of paying men more than women for doing the same job. In addition, they want the company to stop favoring men for promotions. Lastly, the lawsuit wants to prevent Riot from “creating, encouraging, and maintaining a work environment that exposes its female employees to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of their gender or sex.”
A female employee of Riot alleged that three men had gotten a promotion ahead of her.
Jessica Negron, one of the plaintiffs, says she took on the job of her manager. However, she did not get a proper promotion. Instead, the company hired three consecutive men. Riot offered her the position after the third man departed the job. This time, she did not have proper compensation or a job title change. The lawsuit also says Negron’s third supervisor had told her that “diversity should not be a focal point of the design of Riot Games’ products because gaming culture is the last remaining safe haven for white teen boys.”
And where exactly might women find a safe haven? Beneath men or alongside them? What do you think about this lawsuit? Let us know in the comments below!