Riot’s CEO Is Being Sued For Sexual Harassment

Riot’s CEO Is Being Sued For Sexual Harassment
Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent (Photo: Riot Games)
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Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent is being sued by former employee Sharon O’Donnell, who is alleging Laurent committed repeated acts of sexual harassment over a number of years, including asking her to “cum” to his house while his wife was away.

O’Donnell, who was Laurent’s executive assistant, alleges that the CEO “began a pattern of harassing Plaintiff based on her sex or gender” that lasted throughout her tenure at the company, which ended in 2020 (when she was dismissed, a decision Riot says was “based on multiple well-documented complaints from a variety of people”)

As Vice report, other complaints include Laurent “telling female employees to handle Covid stress by having children” and that after she had rejected his advances claiming she had work duties taken away.

Riot, meanwhile, says Laurent “has pledged his full cooperation and support during this process, and we’re committed to ensuring that all claims are thoroughly explored and appropriately resolved.”

The company, responsible for games like League of Legends and Valorant, was found in 2018 to have been harbouring a toxic “bro” culture that has resulted in numerous lawsuits being filed, including a 2019 decision to pay $US10 ($13) million to current and former female employees.

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  • At Riot, that bastion of human well being and decency? Say it aint so!

    I am curious about her apparent dismissal though… I feel like that supposed reasoning is something you can’t really lie about if it can be followed up later with all these witnesses.

    You know, as long as all the witnesses don’t just conveniently happen to all be management. “Oh yeah, she would run around drop kicking children and beating puppies with sticks… We had to stop our bring your children, puppies and sticks to work days because of her.”

    • That’s the tough part.

      I’ve seen bad folks get what they deserve in a workplace but I’ve also seen the lengths management will go to shift the blame and protect their own.

      • Yeah, it’s a real shit show a lot of the time.

        The worst place I ever worked I saw HR reps gaslight people into thinking they did things that simply and quite verifiably never fuckin’ happened. I saw management fuck up orders repeatedly and blame it on the people beneath them who simply had zero control or say over the situation. They’d all cover each others mistakes, or defend any complaints lodged against one another.

        Only upside about that job is that it really drove home that I never, ever wanted to be some management goon in a machine designed purely to make money for people who’d stab you in the back the moment it benefited them.

  • “when she was dismissed, a decision Riot says was “based on multiple well-documented complaints from a variety of people”

    This line makes this persons lawsuit immediately suspect.

    • Frankly, your interpretation is genius. Who would have thunk that Riot might try to discredit a person who is suing them?!?!

      Although how this relates to a pattern of harassing the plaintiff based on her sex or gender that lasted throughout her tenure at the company is… unclear? I mean, it is entirely possible for someone to be both incompetent and/or an arsehole, and also to be a victim of sexual harassment. Even arseholes are entitled to not be sexually harassed.

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