Riot Games, the online game publisher that produced the favored title League of Legends, mentioned Tuesday it was investigating claims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in opposition to its chief govt, Nicolo Laurent.
Mr. Laurent and Riot had been sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court in January by Sharon O’Donnell, a former govt assistant to Mr. Laurent. In court docket paperwork, Ms. O’Donnell mentioned Mr. Laurent repeatedly made sexually suggestive remarks to her, requested her to work at his home when his spouse was not house, and informed ladies who labored for Riot that the best way to deal with stress associated to the coronavirus pandemic was to “have kids.”
“Riot Games is a male-dominated culture,” the lawsuit mentioned. Female staff like Ms. O’Donnell had been “discriminated against, harassed and treated as second-class citizens,” it mentioned.
When she refused Mr. Laurent’s advances, Ms. O’Donnell mentioned within the lawsuit, he yelled at her, grew hostile, took away some of her tasks and finally fired her in July.