Former Valve Employee Sues $3.1M in Damages for Unfair Treatment and Unethical Practices

In a story broke by Polygon today, an unnamed former Valve employee is suing the company for more than $3.1 million in damages, due to allegations of wrongful termination.

Without diving fully into the case; the employee (a former translator for Swisstranslate Zürich and later for the Valve itself) alleges that the company fired her because of a complaint made to human resources, about the company’s practice of: “utilising people who were interested in their products to provide translation services for free”.

The matter is complicated further by the allegation that her supervisor was uncomfortable with her being a transgender woman, which was also a cause for the firing.  According to the suit, he referred to the translator as “it”.

This isn’t the first time allegations of these practices have been made. The original post on reddit has been removed, but a summary can be found here.

The suit was filed on the 12th of April, 2016, and in a 20th of May response, Valve denied every allegation made and asked for the complaint to be dismissed.

More details on the case, including the full court documents filed by both the employee and Valve, can be found at Polygon.