Two women have filed a lawsuit against Riot Games accusing the League of Legends developer of violating California equal pay laws, sexual harassment, and discrimination against women.
The proposed class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Melanie McCracken, who has worked with the company for five years, and Jessica Negron, who worked at the gaming studio from April 2015 to April 2017.
The lawsuit accuses Riot Games of “creating, encouraging, and maintaining a work environment that exposes its female employees to discrimination and retaliation.” It also claims the company pays its female employees less than male workers and assigns women to lesser positions within the company, and that male employees regularly talk down to their female coworkers.
Riot Games also allegedly objectified its female employees in an internal email that recognized “Riot Games Hottest Women Employees,” and “required (women) to participate and tolerate crude male humor which include(ed) jokes about sex, defecation, masturbation, rape and torture,” the lawsuit states.
Company emails also allegedly posed “what it would be like to ‘penetrate’ female employees,” and “phantom humping,” as well as shared unwanted photos of male genitals, the women’s attorney said in a statement. The women were also threatened with termination if they spoke out about the issues at Riot Games.
“This lawsuit allows them the opportunity to have their voices heard,” the women’s attorney said in a statement. “We hope more women have the courage to step forward and speak out against Riot Games. The days of sexually charged, men-first, fraternity-type work environments are over.”
Source: Ars Technica