Allegedly called "it" by her supervisor, a transgender ex-Valve employee is suing for $3 million

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A former Valve employee is suing for more than $3 million in damages and loss of earnings following an alleged wrongful termination and a campaign of discrimination from her supervisor. The suit was filed on April 12, 2016 - Valve deny all claims. 

The unnamed employee, a former translator, claims her supervisor referred to her as "it" after she underwent sex reassignment surgery, creating a hostile working environment. 

According to the lawsuit - via Polygon - the plaintiff worked at Valve's Washington headquarters in 2012, but she later moved to Los Angeles while she underwent her gender transition. This move was accommodated by Valve, so long as she was reclassified as an independent contractor, and she was allowed to continue to work from home. 

This arrangement continued until early 2016 when she filed a complaint about Valve using volunteer workers to do translation work gratis. The plaintiff felt like these workers were being exploited based on "false promises made by her supervisor," according to the suit. 

The lawsuit goes on to say that, days later, Valve told her she would need to relocate to Washington to keep her position, to which she agreed. Despite her willingness to move, Valve declined to keep her on, the suit says. 

According to the translator, she believes she was fired because of both the complaint and because her supervisor was uncomfortable with her being a transgender woman.

We will update as the case progresses. See the full lawsuit over at Polygon.

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Jenks(1 hour played)
1 Year ago

Yeah that totally sounds like it's worth $3m. People have been wrongly imprisoned for decades that don't receive even close to that. I hope this idiot is laughed out of court.

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1 Year ago

I don't know the relationship with her supervisor, so I can't comment on the liklihood of bigotry, though the state of many a state legislature at present would leave me unsurprised if that was part of the issue.

But my money is on her complaining about misuse of volunteer workers getting her enough side eye to be booted. A lot of companies rely heavily on unpaid and underpaid interns and volunteers in ways both legal and not, most of them reasonably viewed as exploitative.

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Esivo(19 hours played)
1 Year ago

What are we supposed to call them?

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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1 Year ago

"They" or whichever of he/she they prefer. Generally, that is whichever gender they've transitioned into.

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Esivo(19 hours played)
1 Year ago

Yeah, I was just joking.

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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1 Year ago

Ah. Sadly there are those that would not be, and would be asking not as a genuine inquiry.

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1 Year ago

Discrimination sucks, plain and simple. There's no excuse for it. None. I'm not going to write up a thing saying I'm disappointed in the whole of Valve, either, as that would be just silly. This was one person (the supervisor) being, at best, absolutely hopeless and, at worst, a massive bigot. And frankly, it sounds more like the latter than the former. Going by the rest of the article, though, I won't think it's a sentiment shared by the rest of Valve. So what Valve do next will be interesting.

I just hope that they give that supervisor the boot so that they have to fend for themself. I mean, really, what a terrible person.

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Anakhoresis(7 hours played)
1 Year ago

"Allegedly." You're assuming that the complaint about bigotry is true, and I'm not sure what you mean by "the rest of the article" since Valve has denied all claims.

At this point we have absolutely no information other than he said, she said.

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