The CEO of Riot Games is being examined after a claim accused him of gender-based discrimination and unwanted sexual advances
The business disputed her claims that it fired her after she reported Laurent’s habits to HR.
” League of Legends” publisher Riot Games is examining its own CEO after a former employee accused the company of “wrongfully terminat [ing] her employment after she grumbled about alleged sexual advances he made towards her.
Sharon O’Donnell worked as an executive assistant for the computer game designer from October 2017 to July 2020. She said she was subject to unwanted sexual advances from CEO Nicolo Laurent throughout her work, according to a lawsuit submitted against the business January.
The board of the California-based business has worked with a third-party law practice to examine Laurent, a Riot Games representative informed The Edge.
The company “is taking all accusations of harassment or discrimination extremely seriously, completely examining claims, and taking action against anyone who is discovered to have actually violated our policies,” it told the publication.
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The suit claims Laurent invited O’Donnell to visit him at his home when his spouse wasn’t there, and made sexual remarks towards her.
When she declined, Laurent retaliated by becoming hostile towards her and restricting her office obligations, O’Donnell’s attorney Michael Baltaxe composed in the filing.
” [O’Donnell] thinks that by this conduct Laurent clearly and implicitly conditioned job benefits and the lack of task detriments on [her] approval of sexual conduct,” Baltaxe wrote.
She filed a grievance about Laurent’s sexual advances to Riot Games’s HR department, and soon after the company fired her.
A Riot Games spokesperson, nevertheless, dismissed these claims. It told The Washington Post O’Donnell was terminated “following more than a lots grievances from both staff members and external partners, and after numerous training conversations to attempt and address these concerns.”
Expert has actually connected to Riot Games for remark.
This isn’t the first time Riot Games has come under fire for work environment harassment and discrimination.
In 2018, 2 employees submitted a class action lawsuit declaring its “bro-culture” created a sexist work environment where ladies were ranked on their “hotness,” informed that “no does not necessarily suggest no” and revealed unsolicited images of male genitalia. The plaintiffs declared the business also rejected them equal pay and obstructed their profession improvements on the basis of gender, the plaintiffs declared.
The claim came hot on the heels of an investigation by Kotaku in which more than two lots employees spoke out versus the company.
Riot Games acknowledged its work culture had promoted unwanted sexual advances and misogyny, and reacted to the lawsuit by suspending its chief running officer and beginning an overhaul of its internal policies.
The company also agreed to pay a $10 million settlement, but this was obstructed in January 2020 by the California Department of Fair Employment and Real Estate. It said the business might owe as much as $400 million for denying females equivalent pay.
A Riot Games spokesperson told Insider the company’s $400 million figure was “absurd,” explaining it as “a click-bait number with no grounding in reality.”