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Things We Saw Today: Riot Games Is Being Sued for Gender Discrimination

Back in August, Kotaku broke a giant story about the alleged culture of gender discrimination at Riot Games, home of League of Legends. Now, one former employee and one current one have filed a class action lawsuit against the company. You can read the full complaint here and I recommend doing so. There’s a lot to take in, from gatekeeping hiring and performance review practices to substantially underpaying female employees (and I mean really substantially, like 1/3 the pay of their counterparts) to sexual harassment, misconduct, and retaliation.

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“Bro Culture,” it’s literally a crime. As it should be when it works to disenfranchise female employees.

We’ll likely dive further into this in the coming days, but in the meantime, check out the full, horrible, infuriating story at Kotaku.

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NOW GO VOTE! (If you’re able and haven’t already!)

(image: Riot Games)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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