Riot to support walkout, but will not change policy regarding active lawsuits

Riot sent an update to Upcomer today with its official stance.

League of Legends's Icon Aaron Mickunas · 6 May 2019


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Riot Games will actively support its employees participating in the walkout today, but it will not change its policy on lawsuits currently in litigation, the company told Upcomer in an update today.

In the update, Riot voiced its full support of those walking out, promising no "retaliation of any kind as a result of participating (or not)." The game development company also urged upper management to clear up meeting schedules to allow its employees to participate in the walkout during the 2pm to 4pm PT window today. The goal of the walkout, according to several Riot employees like Mel Capperino-Garcia on Twitter, is to show that the employees deserve a change in policy both for future lawsuits involving harassment and sexism, as well as those currently involved in them.

According to this update from Riot, the company acknowledges the walkout, but policy will not change as a result of it—future cases may allow for employees to bow out of arbitration, but those in ongoing cases will not.

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Here is the full update from Riot Games to Upcomer on May 6, 2019.

"We support Rioters making their voices heard today. We have asked all managers to make every accommodation to allow Rioters to participate during the 2-4pm window, including freeing up meeting times. We respect Rioters who choose to walk out today and will not tolerate retaliation of any kind as a result of participating (or not).

While we will not make a change to our policies while in active litigation, last Thursday we announced that we’ve made the call to pivot our approach. As soon as active litigation is resolved, we will give all new Rioters the choice to opt-out of mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. At that time, we will also commit to have a firm answer on potentially expanding the scope and extending this opt-out to all Rioters. We are working diligently to resolve all active litigation so that we can quickly take steps toward a solution.

As we have been for the past week, we will continue to listen to Rioters regarding their thoughts on arbitration and we’re thankful for everyone that has taken the time to meet with leadership about this issue."

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