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Riot has to pay $10m out to female employees after gender discrimination lawsuit

Riot has to pay $10m out to female employees after gender discrimination lawsuit

League of Legends maker Riot Games has had to pay out at least $10m to its female employees in the wake of settling a lawsuit alleging it was discriminating against staff on the basis of gender.

As reported by The LA Times, the studio has to pay out the sum according to newly filed court documents and compensate female employees who have been discriminated against when it comes to pay. Around 1,000 members of staff will be entitled to a slice to of the $10m-plus pot.

“We’re pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit," Riot said in a statement.

"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.”

The lawsuit was brought in November 2018 by employees of the League of Legends studio following a damning Kotaku expose about the LA-based firm's toxic working culture.

Riot reached a preliminary agreement over the class-action lawsuit in August of this year. In June, California's fair employment body claimed that the developer and publisher had "withheld critical information" in its gender pay discrimination investigation.

One year after said exposé, Riot's newly-hired chief diversity officer Angela Roseboro looked back on the previous 12 months and the changes that it had made to remedy the situation

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