The California Department of Employment and Fair Housing, the government agency that recently exposed a culture of abuse and harassment to Activision Blizzard, says League of Legends maker Riot Games is dragging its heels in an investigation similar.
Last month, a Redditor verified that the DFEH had issued a notice of litigation against Riot regarding allegations of abuse and harassment dating back to 2018. In particular, that publication specified that arbitration agreements could not be excluded from a government investigation, despite Riot's desire to be resolved in terms of arbitration.
However, the DFEH investigation does not appear to have been completed with the utmost faith. In a statement published this week (via Kotaku), the DFEH claims Riot has been delayed for two months from telling workers they have the right to talk about "sexual harassment and other illegal practices in the workplace."
"In 2019, more than a year after the government opened a company-wide investigation into sexual harassment, sex discrimination and sexual assault at Riot Games, the company announced that it had reached secret agreements with Riot Games. According to approximately 100 women who waived their claims and rights, without prior notice of the government's actions.For the next 18 months, the DFEH sought secret liquidation agreements.The court ordered that Riot presented to the government in January 2021; however, Riot delayed production until April 2021. Alarmed by Riot's language, the liquidation and separation agreements suggested that employees could not speak. "voluntarily and frankly with the government on sexual harassment and other offenses and get relief from government actions. DFEH immediately applied to the Court. However, Riot has delayed the process for two months."
In response to Kotaku, Riot says the delays are largely due to issues related to tracking former employees and explains, "Notices are being sent to former employees to confirm that Riot's termination agreements have never been in no case prohibited from speaking to government agencies ". In addition, the study stressed that "Riot has never retaliated against anyone for talking to any government agency."
Following Activision's DFEH lawsuit, Blizzard president J Allen Brack and HR chief Jesse Meschuk left the company. Employees of the company are still not entirely satisfied with Activision’s response, however, rejecting CEO Bobby Kotick’s statement and condemning the company’s choice to investigate processes through an external interlocutor who destroys unions.