A former worker of Riot Video games has named the corporate and its CEO Nicolo Laurent in a brand new lawsuit alleging that he engaged in sexual harassment and gender discrimination which led to her termination. The 18-page lawsuit filed by former government assistant Sharon O’Donnell in Los Angeles County Superior Court docket in January, claims that Laurent created a “hostile work atmosphere” by allegedly participating in a wide range of misconduct together with making undesirable sexual advances, demeaning feedback about gender, asking the plaintiff to journey with him, and work with him at his residence when his spouse wasn’t there, amongst quite a few different accusations listed within the criticism.
O’Donnell claims that she was stripped of her duties when she rebuffed these alleged advances, and was ultimately fired in July 2020. O’Donnell labored with the League of Legends and Valorant developer from October 2017 to July 2020.
A Riot spokesperson in an announcement to The Washington Submit denied the allegations, claiming as an alternative that O’Donnell was fired for trigger.
“The plaintiff was dismissed from the corporate over seven months in the past based mostly on a number of well-documented complaints from a wide range of individuals. Any suggestion in any other case is just false,” the spokesperson instructed The Washington Submit in an announcement. In a follow-up assertion, a spokesperson added that O’Donnell “was terminated following greater than a dozen complaints from each staff and exterior companions” after a number of makes an attempt to deal with issues.
Riot Video games additionally mentioned in an announcement issued to a number of shops, together with The Verge, that it’s investigating accusations in opposition to Laurent by means of an out of doors third-party.
O’Donnell’s lawsuit follows a authorized problem by Riot in late January to pressure plaintiffs in a long-running class-action gender discrimination lawsuit to undergo particular person arbitration. The lawsuit was settled in late 2019 for $10M USD, however after a number of California state labor businesses mentioned that the ladies concerned might be entitled to over $400M, the plaintiffs employed new authorized illustration to pursue the matter additional. The settlement has not but been paid out.
The Esports Observer has reached out to Riot Video games for additional remark and can replace this story if extra data involves mild.