In January, former Riot executive assistant Sharon O’Donnell filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court accusing Riot CEO Nicolas Laurent of creating a hostile work environment. The allegations in the suit range from unwanted sexual advances to demeaning remarks about O’Donnell’s femininity and tone. Additionally, the filing alleges that O’Donnell was stripped of work duties and eventually terminated in 2020 after reporting Laurent because she didn’t reciprocate his advances.
Riot denied the nature of O’Donnell’s termination in a : “The plaintiff was dismissed from the company over seven months ago based on multiple well-documented complaints from a variety of people. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” The statement also says that Riot has a special committee of its board of directors conducting an investigation with the help of an outside law firm to ensure impartiality and transparency.
In a January 7 filing obtained by the Washington Post, O’Donnell alleges that Laurent invited her to travel and work from home alone with him and directed several sexual comments at her, including one about how his underwear fit. According to the filing, Laurent asked O’Donnell if she could “handle him when they were alone at his house.”