Riot Video games is closing an investigation into whether or not CEO Nicolo Laurent harassed or discriminated in opposition to former worker Sharon O’Donnell, saying it discovered “no evidence” of the declare. “After review of the results of the investigation,” Riot stated in an announcement, “there is no evidence that Nicolo harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against Ms. O’Donnell. The Special Committee has also expressed its full confidence in Nicolo’s leadership, that no action against him is warranted, and that he will continue to operate as CEO.”
The Washington Post reported the information earlier at this time, and Riot posted an overview of the investigation’s conclusions in addition to a letter from Laurent. The Put up additionally stories that Riot requested a court docket to hurry up authorized proceedings for a swimsuit filed by O’Donnell earlier this 12 months, trying to maneuver the case to arbitration.
Riot, the studio behind video games like Valorant and League of Legends, opened an investigation into Laurent following O’Donnell’s lawsuit. A former government assistant, O’Donnell alleged that Laurent made inappropriate sexual remarks and demeaning feedback about her gender. She additionally alleged that she was fired after refusing sexual advances from the CEO.
Now, primarily based on the findings of an out of doors authorized staff, a particular committee of the board of administrators has concluded these claims have been meritless. “This is not a recommendation we take lightly,” the committee stated in an announcement. “Most cases of this nature are not black and white; they fall into the grey. However, this was not one of those cases. In this case, we were simply unable to find any evidence that would justify a sanction of any kind against Laurent.”
The committee members stated they’d request the case be reopened if new proof emerged. O’Donnell’s lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the investigation outcomes.
These claims in opposition to Laurent have been a part of a a lot greater controversy involving Riot’s firm tradition. A number of workers echoed tales about pervasive discrimination and harassment on the studio, leading Riot to apologize and promise adjustments, together with suspending the company’s COO for 2 months. Along with the swimsuit from O’Donnell, Riot is currently pushing to settle a category motion gender discrimination grievance. A report yesterday suggested that Alienware had ended a partnership with Riot following the allegations; Riot declined to touch upon the declare at the moment.
In its assertion, the board committee tried to separate Laurent’s investigation from a bigger mission to vary Riot’s tradition. “While our conclusion in this particular case is that no discrimination, harassment, or retaliation occurred, let us be clear that as a committee, we remain fully invested in overseeing the Company’s initiatives to transform Riot’s culture,” it stated. “We encourage any employee of Riot who has experienced misconduct to feel safe reporting it.”