The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is shedding light on the dangerous culture of sexual harassment reportedly at Activision Blizzard. The department confirmed that it is also investigating Riot Games. If you’re a California resident worried about preventing a hostile environment at your workplace, information on how the state is handling harassment cases could be helpful.
Harassment claims at Riot Games
The California Department of Fair and Equal Housing submitted a litigation notice against Riot Games, citing harassment and abuse claims that date back to 2018. Agreements reached in arbitration required a government investigation even though Riot agreed to the terms of arbitration in the sexual harassment case.
The DFEH claims that Riot Games delayed announcing to its workers that they have a right to speak out about illegal workplace practices, including sexual harassment. According to the DFEH, this delay persisted for two months.
Additional information on the Riot sexual harassment claims
More than one year after the California government opened an investigation that affected Riot Games’ entire company, Riot announced it reached a private settlement with around 100 women who waived their right to take the company to court. However, the government was not notified of this. The DFEH searched for these secret settlements for a year and a half and then required Riot to produce them in January 2021. However, Riot Games reportedly delayed the process even further since the company did not reveal the sexual harassment settlements until April 2021.
Employees in California have the right to a work environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and other hostile conditions. Workers may seek to uphold these protections by appealing to the law.