Riot Games, the video game publisher that produced the popular title League of Legends, stated Tuesday it was investigating claims of unwanted sexual advances and gender discrimination against its president, Nicolo Laurent.

Mr. Laurent and Riot were taken legal action against in Los Angeles County Superior Court in January by Sharon O’Donnell, a previous executive assistant to Mr. Laurent. In court documents, Ms. O’Donnell said Mr. Laurent consistently made sexually suggestive remarks to her, asked her to operate at his house when his partner was not home, and informed women who worked for Riot that the method to manage tension associated to the coronavirus pandemic was to “have kids.”

” Riot Games is a male-dominated culture,” the claim said. Female workers like Ms. O’Donnell were “victimized, bugged and treated as second-class people,” it said.

When she declined Mr. Laurent’s advances, Ms. O’Donnell stated in the claim, he chewed out her, grew hostile, removed a few of her responsibilities and eventually fired her in July.

Ms. O’Donnell “believes that this was since she refused to have sex or an affair with the offender,” according to the claim, which was initially reported on Tuesday by Daily Esports.

Riot contested Ms. O’Donnell’s claim in a declaration, saying she “was dismissed from the company over seven months ago based upon multiple well-documented grievances from a range of people.”

Riot said an outdoors law company was performing the examination into Mr. Laurent and was being supervised by a committee of the company’s board of directors. Riot stated Mr. Laurent was working together with the examination.

Riot, which is owned by the Chinese internet giant Tencent, has actually grown into one of the world’s most prominent video game business.

Its flagship League of Legends video game, released in 2009, brought in more than $1.8 billion in income last year, according to a price quote from the research study firm SuperData. And the series of expert competitions Riot has constructed around the game has actually drawn in tens of millions of fans and turned star gamers into e-sports celebs who can make millions of dollars.

But Riot has likewise been under fire for what workers have stated is a sexist, toxic workplace. In 2019, it accepted pay $10 million to the 1,000 women who had operated at the business because 2014 to settle a class-action lawsuit declaring gender discrimination and unequal pay.

California’s Department of Fair Work and Housing, which has been examining Riot considering that 2018, stated last year that the females could be entitled to as much as $400 million, which Riot challenged. It said earlier this month that it was moving forward in court with an effort to look for “class-wide relief” for the ladies who operated at Riot.