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Games group to pay $10m over gender bias lawsuit

Revelations of an allegedly toxic, male-dominated culture at US firm Riot Games have seen the group agree to a $10m (€7.7m) payout that will be shared by former and current female employees
Revelations of an allegedly toxic, male-dominated culture at US firm Riot Games have seen the group agree to a $10m (€7.7m) payout that will be shared by former and current female employees

By John Mulligan

Revelations of an allegedly toxic, male-dominated culture at US firm Riot Games have seen the group agree to a $10m (€7.7m) payout that will be shared by former and current female employees.

The allegations against Riot Games made in a lawsuit filed in California last year included that female staff had been subjected to sexual harassment and had been passed over for roles later filled by male executives.

In a report published on a US website last year, one former Riot Games employee who moved from the United States in 2014 to take a job at the firm's Dublin office, claimed some male staff there used sexist, homophobic and racist language.

She also claimed that work nights out typically ended with visits to strip clubs.

Other female Riot Games employees also went public with claims that sexism and harassment were commonplace within the company.

Riot Games, whose titles include League of Legends, previously insisted the issues are not systemic.

"After extensively reviewing these issues, we can confidently state that gender discrimination (in pay or promotion), sexual harassment, and retaliation are not systemic issues at Riot," it said in August when it confirmed that it had reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it in California.

Details of the settlement were made public in court filings in Los Angeles. It must still be approved by a Los Angeles court. About 1,000 former and current female staff members are to share the $10m settlement.

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