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California Says Riot isn’t Cooperating with their Gender Discrimination Investigation

The State of California says Riot isn’t cooperating with their Gender Discrimination investigation and they are filing an investigation suit to compel Riot to cooperate. This is being carried out by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing who are asking Riot for employee pay information for “an ongoing investigation into alleged gender discrimination.”

A press release issued by the DFEH said that they’re looking into “alleged unequal pay, sexual harassment, sexual assault, retaliation, and gender discrimination in selection and promotion.” The investigation started in October 2018 but Riot has “refused to provide the Department with adequate information for DFEH to analyze whether women are paid less than men at the company.”

They allege that Riot has impeded the investigation by withholding basic employment data that employers are required by law to maintain. In response to this, Riot got in touch with Kotaku to give a response of their own.

“We’ve been in active conversations with the DFEH since its inquiry began. Investigations like this can arise when there have been allegations of workplace disparity and we’ve been cooperating in good faith with the DFEH to address its concerns. During this time, we’ve promptly responded to the DFEH’s requests, and have produced over 2,500 pages of documents and several thousand lines of pay data so far. We’ve also made several recent requests that the DFEH participate in a call with us to address their requests. To date, these requests have been unanswered, so we’re frankly disappointed to see the DFEH issue a press release alleging that we’ve been non-cooperative. We’re confident that we’ve made substantial progress on diversity, inclusion, and company culture, and look forward to continue demonstrating this to the DFEH.”

It’s really not looking good for Riot at the moment. As always we’ll continue to watch this ongoing story. If you need to catch up on everything that has led up to this moment I encourage you to read our breakdown of everything you need to know about the Riot Games Walkout and the news that came shortly after that about forced arbitration.

 

Source: Press Release, Kotaku

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Shannon first discovered MMOs in 1999 when she picked up the newly launched Everquest. This started a lifelong love affair with online gaming that has taken her around the world and brought her to MMOGames.com. While she still pines for the streets of Paragon, the City of Heroes, today she spends most of her gaming time walking across Tyria in Guild Wars 2, roleplaying with anyone who says hello.