Back in August, League of Legends creator Riot announced an out-of-court settlement to settle a number of class action lawsuits over widespread allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and unequal pay at the company. A proposed settlement document filed Monday provides details of the details of that settlement, including a $10 million fund to compensate the company’s female employees.
If the brokered proposal is approved by a judge, all current and former female Riot employees who have been with the company at any time since November 2014 will be eligible for compensation, approximately 1,000 women. In fact, those employees would split about $6.2 million, taking into account attorneys’ fees and other costs. But that still means “no group member will receive less than $500 and most group members will receive at least $5,000,” according to court documents, with specific payouts depending on each employee’s tenure and employment status.
The proposed settlement document once again summarizes the case against Riot, who was accused of paying women less than men in comparable positions, placing women in lower-paying jobs, promoting women over men in similar circumstances, and “creating, encouraging and maintain a work environment that exposes its female employees to discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on their gender or gender.”
But the settlement also acknowledges the “cleanup efforts” Riot made before ever filing a lawsuit over these issues. Those include “reviewing the interview and hiring process to ensure fairness, improving job descriptions and titles to increase transparency, creating an anonymous intake hotline for employees to report discrimination issues, and rolling out mandatory anti-discrimination policies.” bias training, among others.”
“We are pleased to announce that we have completed the proposed settlement agreement to resolve the class action case against Riot, and that the settlement papers have now been filed by plaintiffs’ counsel,” Riot said in a public statement. “While this is another important step on our journey, it is important to note that the settlement agreement is preliminary and subject to Court review and approval. We look forward to the final resolution of this matter and continue our way forward. “
The proposed settlement comes as Tencent-owned Riot embarks on major expansion plans beyond its core. League of Legends company. Those plans include a competitive card game, a tactical shooter, a fighting game, a third-party action game, and an animated series set in the LOL universe.