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Riot Games, Company Behind Popular League of Legends Video Game, Faces Employment Lawsuit in Los Angeles

Riot Games, Company Behind Popular League of Legends Video Game, Faces Employment Lawsuit in Los Angeles

Riot Games, the Los Angeles-based company behind the wildly popular “League of Legends” video game, faces an employment lawsuit after female employees allege sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks class-action status and alleges the company has a “men-first bro culture” in which harassment and inappropriate behavior toward women go unchecked.

Disturbing Behavior Alleged

Some of the behavior alleged in the lawsuit includes crude jokes and “crotch-grabbing, phantom humping and sending unsolicited pictures of male genitalia.”

In addition, there were also allegations of employees participating in email chains like “What it would be like to penetrate female employees” and male managers circulating a “hot girl list” ranking female employees by how attractive they were.

The lawsuit also alleges that the company retaliated against outspoken female employees by denying promotions, refusing to provide increased compensation or equal pay, demotions, reassignment with different responsibilities, loss of benefits, suspension, termination, and other adverse actions.

The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages. One plaintiff, a former employee, says she did the job of an absent manager without any pay increase for a year, only to be passed on for a promotion in favor of three men.

Another current female employee said she was blocked out from ongoing projects after a senior executive accused her of sharing photos of him at a dance club with scantily clad women on a business trip to Shanghai.

The lawsuit seeks recognition for a proposed class that includes all women currently or formerly employed by the company in California who experienced discrimination, retaliation or harassment in the last four years.

Why Class Actions Are Important

This lawsuit illustrates the importance of employee class-action lawsuits, particularly in cases where women have been deprived of promotions and have experienced a hostile work environment rife with sexual harassment.

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought many of these injustices out in the open. Class-action lawsuits have been a great way for women who have experienced harassment or discrimination in the workplace to hold their employers accountable.

If you have been the victim of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation in the workplace, it is essential to know that you have legal rights. Contact an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer who can provide you with more information.


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Ian Silvers

Ian Silvers has a substantial background in employment law and is fervent about protecting and fighting for the rights of employees. He represents employees in an array of cases including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage and hour matters.

Silvers is a member of Bisnar Chase’s Class Action Litigation Department that handles wage and hour class actions. He also tackles non-class action matters addressing sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination. Silvers has successfully briefed, argued, certified, and gained court settlement approval in class actions as well as settlement approval in Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) actions.

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