The Riot gender discrimination lawsuit isn’t quite wrapped up yet. The $10 million settlement that was agreed to last year “grossly undercompensates” the plaintiffs, according to California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which says that the women’s claims could be worth as much as $400 million.
Bloomberg reports that, not only does the Fair Employment department think the plaintiffs deserve greater compensation, but that such a light penalty wouldn’t require Riot to make substantial changes to its culture. The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement added that such a light penalty “would release Riot from liability for certain state labor code violations,” according to Bloomberg. Both agencies have requested that the court reject the initial deal, which the plaintiffs’ lawyers assigned a value of $38.8 million.
Riot responded by saying it was “dismayed” by the departments’ conclusion, adding that it “ignores the efforts we have made with respect to diversity, inclusion, and culture over the past 18 months” and that the state’s estimate of claims are “simply not grounded in fact or any reasonable analysis.”
A hearing regarding the state’s filings will occur on Jan. 31, with the preliminary approval hearing delayed until Feb. 3.