Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, are being taken to court over gender discrimination by one current and one former employee, building on reports in recent months of a sexist culture within the company.
The lawsuit says that, “like many of Riot Games’ female employees, Plaintiffs have been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women. 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.”
Throughout the complaint, current employee Melanie McCracken and former employee Jessica Negron state that they’ve been denied equal pay, in violation of California’s Equal Pay Act, that a leaning toward hiring “core gamers” is an veiled method of hiring and promoting men over women, and that Riot Games had failed to make enough changes in the wake of former reporting on a sexist culture.
In particular, despite Riot apologising at the end of August for this and promising to make changes, Kotaku note that while the company has reportedly fired many of the people accused of harbouring a toxic culture, several of the most highly positioned ones are still in place.