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Riot settles lawsuit, to pay all female employees since 2014 with $10 million fund

Rufuscrim

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Oct 25, 2017
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Ontario, Canada
Big story out of Kotaku: https://kotaku.com/riot-settles-lawsuit-will-pay-every-female-employee-si-1840156366
(Edit: originally reported by LA Times)

Riot Games will pay out a huge $10 million proposed settlement collectively to every woman who has been employed by the company at any time over the last five years. The settlement is one of the largest in California history for a gender discrimination suit, says the plaintiff’s lawyer.
On how it will be distributed:
A copy of the proposed settlement obtained by Kotaku notes that each lawsuit participant will receive some amount of money determined by “their tenure, length and status” as an employee. One reason for the large sum is to make up for what plaintiffs’ lawyer determined was a significant difference in salary between men and women at the company.
 
Dec 21, 2017
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Wow. I wonder how that works out for each employee after their years worked, lawyers, fees and whatnot.
 

Primus

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Oct 25, 2017
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Congratulations to those affected and the win they pulled off here. I hope Riot continues to change but the article notes that problematic male executives still get a paycheck from Riot.
She continued, “It’s difficult to heal and move on when we are faced with the reality that at the end of the day, Riot prefers to pay the women still here for the trouble of continuing to work with alleged abusers.”
 

Hobbes

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Oct 27, 2017
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Congratulations to those affected and the win they pulled off here. I hope Riot continues to change but the article notes that problematic male executives still get a paycheck from Riot.
To expand on this, there have been comments by current female employees who have stated that things have gotten better, and if I'm not mistaken, they also hired an executive who purposely works on employment culture for women within the company.

I'm hoping that Riot continue to improve. With regards to the male executives, hopefully they are changing and if not, leave within the near future.
 

Anjoys

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Nov 10, 2017
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10 million seems like a slap on the wrist and the COO Scott Gelb (and others) still work there...
 

Cyanity

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Oct 25, 2017
5,900
Until they fire the guy who farts in peoples' faces during meetings, nothing will be enough.
 

Kthulhu

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Oct 25, 2017
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The toxic executives should've been pushed out but at least the former employees got some justice.
 

Komo

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Jan 3, 2019
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To expand on this, there have been comments by current female employees who have stated that things have gotten better, and if I'm not mistaken, they also hired an executive who purposely works on employment culture for women within the company.

I'm hoping that Riot continue to improve. With regards to the male executives, hopefully they are changing and if not, leave within the near future.
Yup there was another article about this as far as I can remember.
 

Deepwater

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Oct 25, 2017
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fines arent good as deterrents for businesses if they’re essentially a marginal expense compared to that companies revenue or even profit line.

ergo, they’re just the cost of doing business.

league alone generated 1.4 billion dollars in 2018.

that’s 70 cents of “fines” for every hundred dollars league brings in.
 

srtrestre

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Oct 25, 2017
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Awesome, though it's a drop in the bucket compared to all the shit the employees had to live through. No amount of money will ever cover that (and let's be honest, Riot won't even feel it.)
 

Saucycarpdog

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Oct 25, 2017
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From follow-up articles to the controversy, it sounds like the problems in Riot are getting addressed which is good to hear.

But the tech industry in general needs to cut out the toxic bro culture. It's like a corporate fraternity.
 

SmiteOfHand

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Oct 25, 2017
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But the wage gap is a lie! Look at this carefully crafted graph I have made to prove this.

Congrats to the women at Riot
 

Siresly

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Oct 27, 2017
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This is certainly a good thing, as are other remedial actions Riot has taken, but as the quote at the end of the Kotaku article indicates;
“It’s great that Riot has decided to compensate women for the abuse they suffered here, but their rhetoric about ‘healing and moving on’ leaves something to be desired.” She continued, “It’s difficult to heal and move on when we are faced with the reality that at the end of the day, Riot prefers to pay the women still here for the trouble of continuing to work with alleged abusers.”
things could still be better.
 

Raging Spaniard

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Oct 25, 2017
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So are they also adjusting salaries to make up for the gender difference? A settlement is nice, but fixing the issue is just as, if not more, important
 

jeelybeans

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Oct 25, 2017
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Kudos and the women deserve it but Riot still hasn't addressed the problem. The abusers are still there...
 

MAK11

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Oct 29, 2017
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10M ? Shit doesn't even buy you two admiral class starships in Star Citizen..smh
 

residentgrigo

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Oct 30, 2019
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The big part: “It’s great that Riot has decided to compensate women for the abuse they suffered here, but their rhetoric about ‘healing and moving on’ leaves something to be desired.” She continued, “It’s difficult to heal and move on when we are faced with the reality that at the end of the day, Riot prefers to pay the women still here for the trouble of continuing to work with alleged abusers.”

Nothing to add from me. Nobody won and Riot will just write most of this off from their taxes if their accountants are good enough.
 

Hero

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Oct 25, 2017
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Didn't see this thread created but this was posted today at Kotaku.

https://kotaku.com/riot-settles-lawsuit-will-pay-every-female-employee-si-1840156366

My choice quotes below, obviously click the article for full details:

Riot Games will pay out a huge $10 million proposed settlement collectively to every woman who has been employed by the company at any time over the last five years. The settlement is one of the largest in California history for a gender discrimination suit, says the plaintiff’s lawyer.
Ryan Saba, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, said in a statement that “This shows that Riot is serious about changing the culture at the company.” Riot told Kotaku in an email that “We are pleased that a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit against Riot was filed recently by plaintiffs counsel. The settlement is another important step forward, and demonstrates our commitment to living up to our values and to making Riot an inclusive environment for the Industry’s best talent.” Riot linked to a blog post further elaborating on their perspective.
Over the last year, Riot has undertaken several steps to mitigate its culture of sexism, including overhauling its recruitment, hiring and promotion processes; offering clearer job descriptions; removing problem employees; bringing in third-party culture consultants and a diversity director; appointing women into leadership positions; and offering employees channels to offer feedback on their progress.
Slow but steady progress in the right direction and this is obviously huge for the women that are about to get compensated for the wage gap previously. Props to Cecilia for continuing to shine a light on Riot Games to hold them up to scrutiny.
 

Rappy

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Oct 28, 2017
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Didn't see this thread created but this was posted today at Kotaku.

https://kotaku.com/riot-settles-lawsuit-will-pay-every-female-employee-si-1840156366

My choice quotes below, obviously click the article for full details:







Slow but steady progress in the right direction and this is obviously huge for the women that are about to get compensated for the wage gap previously. Props to Cecilia for continuing to shine a light on Riot Games to hold them up to scrutiny.
 

Hero

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Oct 25, 2017
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Wtf. I seriously searched for Riot before I posted.