California state is investigating Riot Games over alleged gender discrimination

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It flips the department's complaints, arguing that it's the DFEH that's not being cooperative.

The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a court action Wednesday demanding that Riot Games fork over employee pay data for investigation.

The investigation follows a lengthy report from Kotaku in 2018 that pointed to sexual harassment, discriminatory hiring processes, and a wider "bro culture" at Riot. The DFEH has said it's filing an investigation enforcement suit in a press release today, and will be looking into multiple aspects of gender discrimination at the company.

It added: "We've been in active conversations with the DFEH since its inquiry began". The statement also expresses disappointment in the public announcement of this investigation, as Riot claims to have been "cooperating in good with the DFEH to address its concerns".

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The developer of the popular League of Legends game has been facing down allegations and lawsuits over what's reportedly a toxic workplace culture, culminating in a mass walkout when the company tried to force two women into arbitration instead of having their day in court. "During this period, we responded promptly to DFEH's requests and produced more than 2,500 pages of documents and thousands of payment data lines so far". To date, these requests have never been answered, so we are frankly disappointed to see DFEH launching a press release claiming we are not cooperating. Riot also says that it is confident that it has made "substantial progress" in improving its internal culture and diversifying its workforce since these allegations came to light past year.

A report published on the video game news website Kotaku previous year claimed that women were treated unfairly at Riot Games. "Inclusivity, diversity, respect, and equality are all non-negotiable", the company said. "Last week's walkout and related discussions proves that we're stronger when we leverage the diverse viewpoints of all of Riot; Rioters are passionate and to meet our goals as one team, we need to channel that passion into productive dialogue that accelerate progress and drive change-or at a minimum, mutual understanding".

KitGuru Says: It looks like the situation with Riot is continuing to escalate.

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