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.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. I thought this case was well executed on the last agreement they all got a pile of money for those effected and in that they got to keep jobs going and keep a games company alive.
    Obviously now its lawyer greed and some greedy clients, they want to destroy a company and cause a complete loss of jobs on all sides, not too clever at all now, as its makes the claimers look like they do not care for anything but to destroy it. Not a nice job of lets just grab it all and everyone else can be on the unemployment line.


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