A current and former employee of Riot Games has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company for “endemic gender-based discrimination.”
The news comes from Kotaku, who previously published an important investigation by reporter Cecilia D’Anastasio into the “Culture of Sexism” at Riot.
Text in the lawsuit states that “plaintiffs have been denied equal pay,” and seen “working conditions negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games.”
As mentioned in previous reports from Kotaku, Riot has 80% male staff and has previously spiked female interviewees because they did not fit their ideal of “core gamers.”
The two plaintiffs also state that Riot has not adhered to the California Equal Pay Act, and is alleging that the company broke the law with their actions, which (if true) will land them in a lot of hot water.
One plaintiff Jessica Negron claim in the lawsuit that her third supervisor told her “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.”
In response to the complaint, Riot Games noted that it is “committed to a deep and comprehensive evolution of our culture to ensure Riot is a place where all Rioters thrive.”
You can read the full lawsuit for yourself here.