Following the news that Riot Games is trying to block two current employees by taking legal action against them for alleged sex discrimination, some members threatened a warning strike.
Over the past few months, five current and former employees have filed lawsuits against the riot police League of legends publisher, claiming it promotes formation sexist cultures on workstation initially communicated and detailed 2018 Kotaku investigation. Last Thursday, Riot filed a motion to force two of the women whose costumes revolved around the law on equal pay in California, in private arbitration. This is a controversial practice that pushes the complaints of extra-legal system, without a jury or judges. This makes it much less likely that employees can hold employers accountable for the alleged offense. In their motions, counsel argues, to take part in a riot that these employees give up their right to sue if they signed arbitration agreements in their employment.
The strike, scheduled for Monday, May 6, was caused by the disappointment of some of the staff that they consider conflicting messages from the leadership to take part in a riot in. According to one current employee, who wished to remain anonymous, some workers Riot were considering a strike for several months, but forced arbitration movement pushed them over the edge. Although Riot did issue a public apology in a few weeks after Kotaku«S initial report, to bring a new variety of lead and promise to review their hiring and promotion practices, the company held several men accused of sex discrimination or inappropriate behavior which is used for several months, including chief operating director of the company.
Furthermore, the present a staff member said, "the leadership has consistently promised transparency / actions to be taken and then not deliver on that promise. ,,[[[[Kotaku«S]The most recent article on compulsory arbitration, finally lit a spark and some people have decided to take action. "
Walk from the & # 39 are non-violent protests organized by a group of workers who stop working or get out of the office as part of the statement, which expresses the dissatisfaction of employers. It's a risky move that could lead to get fired. An internal document from the Riot employees, describing the planned strike explains that this happens only when the Rebellion leadership supports its motion to compel arbitration against two current employees. The organizers ask Riot "express 1) a clear intention to stop forced arbitration, 2.) the exact date (within 6 months), by which the end of it, and 3) the obligation not to compel arbitration on women participating in the ongoing lawsuit against riot ", the document says. Earlier this year, Google's staff had planned to strike before the end of compulsory arbitration for their employees, and months later, Google announced that it would carry out.
Plan to strike is widely distributed all over to take part in a riot in Los Angeles, and international offices. In an email, Riot said Kotaku"We are proud of our colleagues for standing up for what they believe. We always want to rebels, to be able to be heard, so we sat down today to hear their views and learn more about their prospects for arbitration, we will also discuss this topic during our time in two weeks, all of the town hall on Thursday. Both of & # 39 is an important forum for us to discuss our current policies and listen to feedback from the & # 39 are an important part of the evaluation of all procedures and policies, including those related to arbitration. "
Four current OMON officers could not confirm how many of their colleagues will take part in the strike. Two expressed reticence about participation. According to one who says she has no plans to join, "I do not know the scale of the strike, nor anyone else I talked to, that & # 39 is the main reason why I do not participate." Notes worker, she also received document indicating the dates, time and place of the meeting strikes before continuing, "I think that any other member organization of a & # 39 is a good and healthy thing, so I support it, with the & # 39; I am, or not participate in. "