The lawsuit, which gained class action status, also accused Riot Games of denying outspoken women promotions - even demoting them at times - and removing their benefits. The proposed settlement will reportedly affect nearly 1,000 woman who worked at Riot Games from November 2014 until the date the settlement is finalise, with exact payouts being determined by length of employment and status as either a full-time or contract worker.
The Los Angeles Times reported today that the settlement will cost Riot at least $10 million, which will be divided between approximately 1,000 women employed by the studio between November 2014 and the finalization of the settlement, which still needs to be settled by the court.More news: Billie Eilish Doesn't Know Who Van Halen Is & They Think It's ''Cool''
Plaintiffs said that the company did little to stop incidents of sexual harassment against females, including, "crotch-grabbing, phantom humping, and sending unsolicited and unwelcome pictures of male genitalia".
They include undertaking a review of all pay, promotion and hiring practices to increase fairness and transparency, hiring a dedicated chief diversity officer, and creating a number of employee groups empowered to track the company's progress on these fronts.More news: Utah school substitute chides student who's thankful for adoptive gay dads
The company is estimated to have brought in $1.4 billion in revenue for 2018.
The company and the plaintiffs have agreed to the settlement, which should be approved by the court.More news: Prince William Is Making His Debut on 'The Crown'
The lawsuit was first filed over a year ago by multiple ex-employees who alleged the company harbored a "bro-culture" of gender discrimination, harassment, and sexism that had been dismissed by management for years.