Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims

PCGamesN hears from Riot Games, as the League of Legends developer showed them a legal filing reacting to the news that a pair of California agencies were looking to increase the $10 million settlement to the gender discrimination suit against the company. Treating the agencies like a blog, Riot says the call for a $400 million penalty "clickbait." Here's part of the summary:
In court papers supplied to PCGamesN, the League of Legends publisher says: “The DFEH’s claim that the ‘maximum exposure in back pay owed to female employees alone exceeds $400m’ is outrageous, reckless, and without any basis in fact or law. Indeed, there are numerous methodological deficiencies in how the DFEH reaches this number, each of which makes the ultimate conclusion wholly unsound.” Elsewhere in the documents, Riot says the DFEH’s claim “is completely lacking in factual or legal support and is instead rife with inflammatory misstatements and insinuations”.

Riot also accuses the DFEH of putting publicity above a fair analysis of the amount owed to the women at the heart of this legal battle: “The DFEH’s $400m number, although dramatic, is based on a flawed approach to data that is grossly distorted and misleading. As the agency charged with understanding pay equity issues, the DFEH knows this. Thus, it appears that the DFEH’s intent is not to provide a meaningful analysis of the alleged pay disparities here, but to proffer the most outlandish figure possible, in order to garner sensational headlines and pressure Riot in the public.” In a separate response, Riot called the DFEH’s claims “a clickbait number designed to get attention”.
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chickenboo wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 12:15:
There shouldn't even be a settlement in the first place. Riot trying to buy its way out of the fire with a paltry $10M split among 1000 women where the settlement most likely affirms Riot refusing to admit any guilt.

No one is forcing them to take the settlement. They can pursue legal restitution however they see fit. It's supposed to be compensation, not winning the lottery. How many of those 1000 women were actually harassed? And then to what degree?

What if I pay you a compliment and it's completely innocuous but you interpret it as sexual harassment? How do I have any control over how you interpret what I say? Wars have started for less. And even if I was making a pass at you does that entitle you to a multimillion dollar payout? Get real. If that's the way the world worked we'd all just be sitting around suing each other all the live long day and nothing would get done.

Yeah, from the sounds of it there were definitely a few women who were really harassed. It actually sounds like most employees were harassed - sexually or otherwise - by bad management. So where are their payouts? For everyone who ever feels hard done by by a corporation, where are their payouts? Ever been fired without cause? Lots of people are all the time, where are their payouts? Why are they any less deserving? Yet legally speaking they are. That's real discrimination in my book.


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