Riot Announces $100 Million Settlement In Gender Discrimination Case For Female Employees

League of Leg­ends devel­op­er Riot Games has announced it will pay­ing out $100 mil­lion to set­tle a gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit. The orig­i­nal set­tle­ment was sup­posed to be $10 mil­lion, but new lawyers were hired–who pushed for a larg­er payout–bringing it up $90 million.

The new team of lawyers hired by the for­mer employ­ees of Riot Games with­drew the pro­posed set­tle­ment of $10 mil­lion, stat­ing it was the result of “alleged mis­takes and impro­pri­eties by pri­or class coun­sel (accord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Reporter).”

The mem­bers of the class action group hired wom­en’s right attor­ney Genie Har­ri­son and employ­ment lawyer Joseph Lovre­tovich took over for the pre­vi­ous coun­sel. The new set­tle­ment funds they obtained will be pro­vid­ed to more than 2,000 for­mer and cur­rent female employ­ees at Riot Games.

Genie Har­ri­son told The New York Times that the set­tle­ment terms are fair and that she feels proud to have worked on this case. “I’m very pleased that we were able to pro­vide what I think is a fair set­tle­ment,” she said.

The Los Ange­les Supe­ri­or Court still needs to approve the set­tle­ment. If it does go through, this could be a big mes­sage to com­pa­nies in Cal­i­for­nia that all indus­tries in the state need to pro­vide “equal pay and work­places free from dis­crim­i­na­tion and harass­ment,” Kevin Kish of the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Fair Employ­ment and Hous­ing told NYT.

Accord­ing to the report, more than 1,000 full-time employ­ees and 1,300 con­trac­tors who worked at Riot from as ear­ly as Novem­ber 2014 will share $80 mil­lion. The rest will be set aside to cov­er legal fees and any oth­er accru­ing costs. Riot Games will also put mon­ey into a diver­si­ty and inclu­sion pro­gram, along with con­duct­ing a third-par­ty audit to pro­vide an “analy­sis of gen­der equi­ty in employ­ee pay and job assignments.”

Riot did give a state­ment regard­ing the new set­tle­ment, say­ing, “We believe this is the right thing to do, for both the com­pa­ny and those whose expe­ri­ences at Riot fell short of our stan­dards and values.”

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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