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Walkout at riot Employees at the League of Legends creator protest forced arbitration

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ollowing a report by Kotaku on the endemic sexism at Riot Games last August, the company announced actions to improve its culture. Several months later, a number of Riot employees filed lawsuits against their employer for gender discrimination. Riot responded by pointing out its mandatory arbitration clause, effectively blocking court proceedings. Over 150 employees left their workplace both to protest forced arbitration, a practice in which a private arbitrator settles disputes 8

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instead of a court judge, and the ongoing problems at Riot. Arbitration differs from court procedures in that they’re confidential and parties choose arbitrators themselves, which means they’re not necessarily impartial. Most importantly, arbitration rulings aren’t legally

plaintiffs allege that the everyday atmosphere at Riot hasn’t improved

binding. Since the original Kotaku report, Riot has taken measures to combat sexism, including hiring chief diversity officer Angela Roseboro. However the plaintiffs allege that the everyday atmosphere at Riot hasn’t improved—they described being required to take on additional roles without remuneration and enduring sexual objectification, which includes email chains rating female Riot employees. Additionally the lawsuits detail discriminating hiring procedures and a gender pay gap. To some of the protesting employees, refusing to settle these issues in court goes against Riot’s commitment to prevent

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