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Gaming company faces discrimination lawsuit

Some people in Texas may have read an investigative report published a few months earlier by Kotaku that said the company Riot Games had a culture of harassment and discrimination. Riot Games is facing a lawsuit from a former and a current employee alleging a sexually hostile workplace, violation of the California Fair Pay Act and gender-based discrimination.

After the investigative report was published, a number of employees came forward to speak on the record about their experiences working at Riot Games. The studio apologized in an August open letter and outlined its future plans. However, there was further controversy following an event at PAX West aimed at women and non-binary individuals that resulted in two people leaving the company. The company has since added an executive who worked at Uber to its Diversity and Inclusion team.

According to the lawsuit filed by the two women, they have not received equal pay, and their working conditions and careers have been negatively affected. They are seeking compensation for unpaid wages, damages and additional penalties. They also want to have the suit made into a class-action one. The company has issued a statement saying it cannot comment on litigation but that its intention is to investigate and take such allegations seriously.

People who believe they are facing harassment and discrimination at work or that they are not being paid fairly may want to talk to an attorney about workers' rights and how to proceed. In many cases, the first step may be to try addressing the issue in the workplace. Employers who are facing such allegations may also want to consult an attorney. It may be possible for the parties to reach a solution that does not involve going to court.

Source: Polygon, "Riot Games hit with gender discrimination lawsuit," Cass Marshall, 11/7/2018

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