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Riot Games Keeps Arbitration Clause Despite Employee Protest

  • Company cites ongoing litigation for decsion to keep policy
  • Workers behind walkout cite disappointment with decision
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Riot Games, maker of the worldwide hit video game League of Legends, will keep its requirement that employees’ sexual-harassment or discrimination complaints be handled via arbitration, rejecting demands from workers who walked out over the issue last week.

“Ultimately, given the complexities of ongoing litigation, we will not change our employee agreements while in active litigation,” Riot said Thursday in a statement released after a town hall with workers at its Los Angeles headquarters. “We know not everyone agrees with this decision, but we also know everyone does want Riot to continue to improve.” The company plans to create a council on diversity and inclusion, and has invited “a diverse group” of employees to take part in reviewing aspects of its code of conduct.