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Riot Games gender discrimination settlement will pay out $100 million to more than 1,000 women

Payouts include four to five-figure sums to be paid to over 1,000 women and contractors.

Riot Games, which has been embroiled in a lengthy gender discrimination lawsuit since 2018, agreed to settle for $100 million back in December 2021. Now, a judge has finally approved the settlement figure, with over 1,000 women set to receive compensation.

According to reports from outlets like Axios, payouts from the suit will range from four to five-figure sums and will be split between 1,000 women who work or worked at Riot Games since 2014. Additionally, over 1,000 contractors will be receiving payouts as well.

In terms of making meaningful changes moving forward, Riot Games is not only required to provide the aforementioned compensation as part of the settlement, but the company is also expected to implement three years of oversight. Riot will also need to appoint an independent party to monitor and investigate any pay disparities that may arise in the future. If any are found, Riot will be required to take action on the matter.

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League of Legends developer Riot Games will pay $100 million to over 1,000 women following a lengthy gender discrimination lawsuit. 

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The high-profile lawsuit originally came about following a report from Kotaku where 28 former and current Riot employees shared stories about rampant sexism, gender discrimination, and harassment that had been taking place at the company.

“Many of those sources painted a picture of Riot as a place where women are treated unfairly, where the company’s culture puts female employees at a disadvantage,” noted the report from Kotaku.

If you’d like to dig deeper into the matter, we recommend reading through Kotaku’s original reporting of what led to the lawsuit. Also be sure to check out some of our previous coverage, including Riot Games agreeing to the $100 million settlement figure earlier this year.

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      July 26, 2022 5:17 AM

      Riot will be paying $100M to over 1000 female employees (past and present) from the gender discrimination lawsuit. Keep in mind that Riot was originally going to settle at $10M before the Californa DFEH stepped in and said the employees deserved far more.

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        July 26, 2022 5:45 AM

        Why is it so difficult to treat people equally, with dignity, and respect? I really do not understand..

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          July 26, 2022 6:45 AM

          Systemic issues that produce enough individuals with shitty beliefs that they perpetuate them and enough others scared of rocking the boat that they roll along with it until someone actually calls it out and changes things.

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            July 26, 2022 9:14 AM

            Doesn't help esp in the US that there are basically no worker protections. I'm sure all of us have seen plenty of "I reported X to hr/management for Y and they fired me for it".

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          July 26, 2022 6:45 AM

          my brother used to say "It's not that I need to win, it's that others need to lose" when playing video games with him, and there are a lot of small minded 'every man for himself' types who genuinely and sociopathically don't care about anyone but #1

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          July 26, 2022 6:56 AM

          Fish rots from the head usually.

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          July 26, 2022 6:59 AM

          Culture and systems reward this behavior, and when you add in social proof ("others are doing this and advancing in their careers, so I should be able to also") you get pervasive abuse and harassment.

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          July 26, 2022 8:31 AM

          Patriarchy trying to preserve its privileges.

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          July 26, 2022 8:35 AM

          It upsets shareholders

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          July 26, 2022 9:47 AM

          because asserting your will upon others is rewarded in our society.

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        July 26, 2022 6:34 AM

        fucking good. stop treating people like shit

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        July 26, 2022 11:34 AM

        It's grand that the settlement got upped by an order of magnitude. I don't think four or five figure settlements make up for years of lost wages, promotions, humiliations and general male dickishness.

        Take it up another order of magnitude and you'll be getting a lot closer, both to making the class whole and to making the company implement fundamental change. As it is they can just write it off as the cost of doing business.

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      July 26, 2022 10:59 AM

      Seems like good news?

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