"League of Legends» Riot Games developer held talks with some of his staff on Monday after the Kotaku report stated that they plan to strike over the company's attempt to end two lawsuits against him with the help of compulsory arbitration, company says Variety.
Kotaku has published an extensive, detailed report on the alleged cases of discrimination based on sex and misconduct in the studio in August 2018. Some current and former employees have filed lawsuits soon after on charges of sex discrimination, oppression and violation of California law on equal pay . On Thursday, reportedly Riot filed a motion to force two of the claims in private arbitration. Women are involved in both cases agreed to the arbitration clause written into their contracts when they were hired, said the lawyer involved in a riot.
The strike will be held at Monday, May 6 when the studio continues to seek arbitration in accordance with the internal document from its employees. The organizers also want the company to cease the practice of compulsory arbitration for a specified period.
While Riot issued a public apology after the initial Kotaku report and has taken some steps to address the problem, including the appointment of a new chief diversity officer, some employees say it is not delivering on its promises. "[Kotaku’s] The most recent article on compulsory arbitration, finally lit a spark and some people have decided to take action, "said the publication of one source.
said riot diversity by e-mail, he is proud of his 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," he said. "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. "
While arbitration is often used to resolve disputes outside the legal system, many see it as the erosion of workers' rights. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the results obtained with this method, on average, weaker and success is less likely than when employees bring litigation in the courts. But the staff are usually forced to give up their rights to sue, to participate in a class action lawsuit, appeal or, if they sign contracts that contain arbitration clauses.
As for lawsuits, Riot said, while he would not discuss details of ongoing litigation, "We look forward to the resolution of all issues through the appropriate processes."
"Our commitment to creating and maintaining world-class, including culture Riot does not change, and we appreciate everyone who has come forward to help us become a better company," he added. "We recognized that there are improvements we can make to our culture and society – we have made progress and hyper focused on the continuation of this. We evaluated all our procedures and policies, including those related to arbitration. All this work is in full swing, and as we move forward, we will not hesitate to implement the changes as soon as we thoughtfully estimated that these changes will move us in the right direction for the riots and rebels ".