Riot Games Will Back Off From Forcing Arbitration for Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault Lawsuits in the Future
Riot Games announced Friday that after an ongoing class action gender discrimination lawsuit against the company “is resolved”, it will allow its new employees to “opt-out of mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims.”
“Over the last week we discussed this topic with [our employees] across the organization, including tonight at our bi-weekly all-company town hall,” part of the company’s announcement read. “We’ve made a call that we will pivot our approach. As soon as current litigation is resolved, we will give all new [employees] the choice to opt-out of mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. At that time, we will also commit to have a firm answer around expanding the scope and extending this opt-out to all [our employees].”
The announcement also acknowledged that some Riot employees won’t be satisfied with this recent decision and added that the company will “respect and understand” employees who are planning to conduct a mass walkout next Monday. The protest is reportedly in response to Riot’s attempt last Thursday to force the class action gender discrimination lawsuit into private arbitration.
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