Last year Kotaku released an investigative report on Riot Games talking about accusations of sexism at the League of Legends studio, and now they've reported that the developer has made motions to force two women who have filed lawsuits into private arbitration, meaning they wouldn't be able to take legal action.
This comes from alleged documents obtained by the outlet, in which Riot apparently says that employees waived their rights to sue when they were hired at the company. This is because of an arbitration clause, as explained by Riot's attorney, meaning disputes are to be settled separately from legal action.
"There can be no dispute that Plaintiff agreed to arbitration," one document allegedly says, adding that "claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as for wages due, are expressly listed".
However, Ryan Saba - a lawyer representing those filing lawsuits against Riot - reportedly told Kotaku in an interview that there is precedent for getting a jury trial even when situations have involved arbitration clauses. "Today's actions only serve to silence the voices of individuals who speak out against such misconduct and demonstrate that the company's words were no more than lip service," he wrote.
Riot Games added in an email that "our commitment to building and sustaining a world class, inclusive culture at Riot is unchanged and we value everyone who has come forward to help us become a better company. We have acknowledged that there are improvements we can make to our culture and community — we have made progress and are hyper-focused on continuing to do so. We have been evaluating all of our procedures and policies, including those related to arbitration. All of that work is well underway, and as we move forward, we will not hesitate to implement changes once we have thoughtfully assessed that these changes move us is the right direction for Riot and Rioters."
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