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Riot Games employees stage walkout over forced arbitration policy

Over 100 Employees of Riot Games took part in a walkout yesterday, protesting company policy that forces the use of arbitration to handle sexual harassment lawsuits.

Arbitration is a private form of dispute resolution where the two parties sit down with an arbiter who helps solve the issue. According to Vox, it saves time and money by avoiding the courts, but also keeps toxic behaviour hidden, prevents workers from banding together against a common goal, and makes it far less likely that the employer will be held accountable for their actions.

So, you may have read the Kotaku report on Riot’s sexist work culture or heard about the brief suspension of their COO, Scott Gelb, for sexual harassment. Well, Riot employees are understandably sick of the forced arbitration policy and lack of transparency; hence the walkout.

In an effort to save face, and potentially avoid the walkout, Riot Games issued a statement about their policy going forward.

As soon as current 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.

However, the walkout still went ahead because Riot employees want the policy to be scrapped for past and current workers as well.

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