The developer of the popular Legends League the game has faced accusations and trials over what is allegedly a toxic workplace culture culminating in a mass exit when the company tried to force two women to arbitration instead of having their day in court. But it now seems that the state of California has also quietly explored the game developer – and that Riot has not played ball.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has just announced (via Kotaku) that it tries to legally force Riot to cough up employee wage data so that it can see if Riot pays women less than men, as Riot refused to provide the data voluntarily.
Of course, the surprising part is that we did not think that Riot was officially under investigation until now. In total, the agency says it is investigating "allegedly unequal pay, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, retaliation and gender discrimination in selection and marketing".
"DFEH has broad authority to investigate any violations of California's civil rights laws similar to grand jury procedures," says part of a statement by DFEH director Kevin Kish. "When companies fail to cooperate voluntarily with our investigations, including with our investigation discovery, DFEH will exercise its right to seek help from the courts. This will inform our investigations of relevant evidence and terminate without undue delay."
"We've been in active conversations with DFEH since the inquiry began. Surveys like this can occur when there have been claims of differences in the workplace and we have collaborated in good faith with DFEH to address their concerns," a Riot representative says. The limit in a statement. "During this time, we have quickly responded to DFEH's inquiries and have so far produced more than 2,500 pages of documents and several thousand lines of payment data. We have also made several new requests that DFEH participate in a conversation with us to take So far, these inquiries have been unanswered, so we are sincerely disappointed to see the DFEH issue a press release claiming that we have been non-cooperative, and we are convinced that we have made significant progress in diversity, integration and corporate culture and look forward to continuing to show it to DFEH. "
In late May, after going out to Riot Games, the organizers told us The limit that they continued to push the issue on the company in other ways, including internal petitions. The company hired a new chief diversity officer back in March, before the delivery.
Update June 12, 10:00 ET: Added statement from Riot Games.