Riot Games Are Being Sued Over Gender Discrimination

Doris Richards
November 8, 2018

Riot Games is facing a lawsuit from a current and former employee accusing the company of gender discrimination, ongoing sexual harassment and denied equal pay.

The news comes from Kotaku, who previously published an important investigation by reporter Cecilia D'Anastasio into the "Culture of Sexism" at Riot. "Moreover, Plaintiffs have also seen their working conditions negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games". McCracken, the current employee within Riot Games and second plaintiff in the lawsuit, said she believes she was denied promotions and was both punished and denied adequate compensation by male leadership as a result of the company's alleged gender discrimination practices.

While Riot has appeared to have removed numerous people involved in creating this sexist culture, according to several and former employees of Riot, there are still a few on board who are "key alleged perpetrators of abusive behaviour", according to Kotaku's reporting.

The two women who filed the lawsuit detailed multiple instances of inappropriate behaviour, including a list of "Hottest Women Employees" and unsolicited photos of male genitalia. According to the claim, one of the plaintiffs counted male Riot Games using the work dick more than 500 times during a single month. When she felt that Riot's COO had acted inappropriately, she had contacted the HR department, only for the HR worker to break confidentiality, and "leak" her comments to her supervisors.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages including all wages (base salary, bonuses, and stock), punitive damages, statutory and civil penalties, and legal fees. The lawsuit also says Negron's third supervisor had told her that "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". When she tried to ask for the promotion to the job, she instead was given the workload of the role, but without the title or pay that it came with. The court will need to certify the lawsuit for it to become class action.

Her initial supervisor, the lawsuit says, "did not hire females to fill vacancies in senior employment positions".

McCracken took a new position in 2015 as an office manager in the North America region.

According to the suit, after taking a position in 2017 that had her working with Riot's top management, she encountered further trouble when Riot China head of operations Dan Wang sent her a video of himself and COO Scott Gelb "at a dance club with scantily clad women".

Riot Games headquarters in Los Angeles. When SeyFarth Shaw investigated, the complaint says, McCracken was simply moved to another building and away from her team.

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