If you were excited to read the headline because you thought that this was a follow-up to Riot Games hosting a sexist and discriminatory panel against straight males at PAX West this past year, an act that eventually led to the firing of Danizel Z. Klein, you’ll be sorely disappointed to find that the company is being sued for a different form of discrimination.
According to PC Gamer, a former employee and a current employee of Riot Games are suing the company over sexism and discrimination.
They allege that Riot attempted to hire in people who were “core gamers”, which the plaintiffs argue excluded women since women typically aren’t core gamers.
PC Gamer quotes from the suit, where Riot apparently wanted to focus on hiring based on merit instead of skin color…
“Indeed, Plaintiff [Jessica] Negron’s former supervisor, Geoff Chandler, once told her that ‘diversity should not be a focal point of the design of Riot Games’ products because gaming culture is the last remaining safe-haven for white teen boys.'”
The suit also claimed that Riot employees were sending unsolicited pictures of male genitalia to the females, using crude language when women were around, and that Riot hired males over females, promoted males over females, and also refused to pay the females for allegedly doing the same work as male employees.
This is similar to the discrimination lawsuit that was filed against Google that originally didn’t seem like it was going anywhere until sexual misconduct allegations surfaced and the discrimination case turned into a class-action lawsuit, as reported by The Guardian.
Riot Games did respond to PC Gamer regarding the suit, issuing the following statement regarding the complaints from the plaintiffs…
“While we do not discuss the details of ongoing litigation, we can say that we take every allegation of this nature seriously and investigate them thoroughly. We remain committed to a deep and comprehensive evolution of our culture to ensure Riot is a place where all Rioters thrive.”
Riot Games was originally subject to lambasting by the Intersectional Inquisition when it was on the receiving end of a report by Kotaku that claimed that the company fostered a culture of sexism, much like the anti-#GamerGate outlet Vice Media.
Riot attempted to amend their ways by going in the opposite direction, using reverse sexism against males to fix the studio’s alleged problems, but it only created more problems. Many of the commenters on the PC Gamer article don’t believe this case has any chance of going far, but a lot of it will depend on whether or not the judge presiding over the case leans Left.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaughast)