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Riot Games to pay $100 million in sex discrimination class action lawsuit

Riot Games, the Los Angeles-based Chinese game developer best known for League of Legends (pictured above), has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit.

What triggered the lawsuit: Following a 2018 Kotaku investigation that uncovered a workplace plagued by sexism and gender-based discrimination, two Riot workers — Melanie McCracken and Jes Negrón — filed a lawsuit against the company. . The class action ultimately represented 1,065 current and former employees and 1,300 contract workers.

Payment terms: Riot reached the settlement with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and several private plaintiffs. Under the terms of the agreement, Riot will pay $80 million to the workers, with an additional $20 million set aside for attorneys’ fees and “miscellaneous expenses.” Additionally, Riot agreed to have its internal reporting and pay equity processes monitored by a third party for three years. The company will also create an $18 million cash reserve to make salary adjustments and fund diversity, equity and inclusion programs for three years. Final settlement approval is pending; a hearing is scheduled for next year.