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‘League of Legends’ developer Riot Games says $10M is already a fair settlement for the gender discrimination lawsuit
Riot Games, the developer of the hit title “League of Legends” has released a statement to the ongoing lawsuit accusing the company of having a “bro culture” as well as gender discrimination. In its statement, the company maintains that the original settlement of $10 million is fair and adequate, according to GameSpot.
In December last year, “League of Legends” developer Riot Games agreed to pay $10 million as settlement of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former female employees of the company. It meant that every one of the approximately 1,000 female employees who worked at the from November 2014 until the settlement date would receive a share do the amount depending on their tenure and employment status.
“We're pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit,” a Riot Games spokesperson said. “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.”
However, the new legal team hired by the former female employees wants to seek more damages. The new team withdrew from the previous $10 million proposed settlement claiming that it was the result of “alleged mistakes and improprieties by prior class counsel.”
Some California labor groups, which include the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), say that the former female employees should be paid $390 million more. This could bring the total settlement amount to $400 million.
Women’s rights attorney Genie Harrison who represents the group of Former Riot employees vowed that her team will ensure the complainants will receive fair compensation. “These brave women spoke out against gender inequality and sexism, and I want to make sure they are fairly compensated,” she said.
Harrison has her own team of statisticians going over the data to come up with a reasonable amount. “Our well-qualified statisticians are already analyzing pay data. We intend to recover the compensation due to the women of Riot Games and achieve institutional reform, in order to level the playing field for women,” she added.
But Riot Games begs to differ, saying that the previous proposal is already fair. “We understand that the plaintiffs’ new counsel needs adequate time to review the proposed settlement agreement and we respect that,” the company said in a statement. “That said, the analysis and discussions which led to the earlier proposed settlement were comprehensive and thorough, and we believe that the proposal was fair and adequate under the circumstances.”