Following on from the fallout we posted about earlier in the week, where Riot Games, developers of League of Legends faced a mass staff walkout over the treatment of employees, a commitment has now been made by the company to turn things around in the next 90 days.
The company entered into controversy by attempting to block legal action from two of their current employees over gender discrimination. The employees allege there's a culture of sexism at the studio, and that the company is not doing enough to tackle it, "sweeping these allegations under the rug".
The motion filed by Riot would force the two employees, who's lawsuits are based on the California Equal Pay Act, into private arbitration, meaning the case would be hidden from public view, would be tried without judge or jury, and will be less likely to guarantee a favourable outcome for the plaintiffs.
The mandatory arbitration was part of the contracts all employees had signed when joining the company. Going forward, Riot says, this will now be something employees can opt -out of. for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, but only where new employees are concerned.
The company are also going to implement new processes for interviewing, new anti-harassment training measures, and a review of pay equality across the company, taking place in the next 30, 60 and 90 days.
It's a step in the right direction, but we would have liked to have seen the opt-out extended to all employees. There's a full list of the changes RIot intend to implement on their website.