The company behind one of the biggest video games in the world was just slammed with a lawsuit alleging its ‘bro-culture’ created a sexist workplace where women were rated on their ‘hotness’ and told that ‘no doesn’t necessarily mean no’

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League of Legends developer Riot Games is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming the company harbored a sexist work environment with women suffering from unequal pay and regular harassment.
Reports detailing the company’s “bro culture” surfaced in August 2018, leading Riot to issue an apology to current and past employees.
The two women who filed the lawsuit detailed multiple instances of inappropriate behavior, including a list of “Hottest Women Employees” and unsolicited photos of male genitalia.

Months after reports accused League of Legends developer Riot Games of fostering a sexist work environment, two employees, one former and one current, have filed a class action lawsuit against the company for discrimination and harassment. In the complaint filed with the California Superior Court in Los Angeles, the plaintiffs claim that Riot denied them equal pay and blocked their career advancements on the basis of gender.

Both plaintiffs are women and claim that Riot’s focus on male-dominated video game culture led to sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace. A copy of the complaint obtained by GMG Group directly references an investigative report from Kotaku detailing the experiences of more than two dozen Riot employees, many of whom share the same criticism. Riot acknowledged that the company’s emphasis on “gamer” culture resulted in gendered discrimination after the report was released in August.

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Representatives for the plaintiffs, Jessica Negron and Melanie McCracken, claim the “core gamer” identity emphasized by Riot is explicitly male and was used to disqualify women from recruitment and promotions. Furthermore, they allege that women have been assigned to lower paying jobs while less qualified men receive more frequent promotions. The lawsuit also claims women in …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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