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Riot Games to pay $10M to female employees in lawsuit settlement

Women who have worked at Riot Games in the past 5 years will be eligible to be paid out of 10 million dollars, all as part of a settlement in a lawsuit over alleged gender discrimination in the workplace.

The news of this settlement was first reported by the LA Times, which explains that the suit began in 2018, after the time where Kotaku’s investigation of the company highlighted numerous abuses, such as unequal pay between men and women, as well as sexual harassment.

Two women, a current and former employee, filed the current lawsuit in order to seek unpaid wages, damages, and more. If the court approves of this case, then those who identify as female will be paid, though, according to Kotaku, this depends on “their tenure, length, and status as an employee.” Meaning that contractors are likely to be paid less than full-time employees.

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As LA Times reports, “approximately 1,000 women who worked at Riot Games from November 2014 until the date the settlement is finalized will be entitled to a payment from the multimillion-dollar pot.”

The LA Times also spoke to a spokesperson from Riot, who stated “we’re pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit. The settlement is another important step forward, and demonstrates our commitment to living up to our values and to making Riot an inclusive environment for the industry’s best talent.”

This all seems well and good, but we can’t help but wonder if this will change anything in the company, or if – in reality – the company can afford this payment and the toxic working conditions that female staff was under will continue?

For now, all we can do is wait and see.

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