Riot Games 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.
Riot Games will pay $80 million to all current and former full-time employees and temporary agency contractors in California who identified as women and worked at the company from November 2014 to the present day. The other $20 million will cover attorneys’ fees and miscellaneous expenses.Riot Games has agreed to have its internal reporting and pay equity processes monitored by a third-party company approved by Riot and the DFEH for three years. Final approval of this settlement by the court is currently pending, and a hearing is expected to take place within the coming months.
Three years ago, Riot was at the heart of what became a reckoning in our industry. The spokesperson added that they had to face the fact that despite our best intentions, we hadn’t always lived up to our values. As a company we stood at a crossroads; we could deny the shortcomings of our culture, or we could apologize, correct course, and build a better Riot. They chose the latter.
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 also issued a statement saying that this was a great day not just for the women of Riot Games but for those all over the gaming and tech industry who deserve a workplace devoid of any harassment and discrimination.