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Former Blizzard employee describes race discrimination

Texas residents who are fans of gaming might be interested in learning that an ex-employee of Blizzard posted a description of ongoing racial discrimination that he encountered while working for the company. He did so following the reveal of the sexual orientation of Soldier 76 in "Overwatch".

The man, who is of Mexican heritage, wrote that he was originally hired to work on a team at Blizzard on a temporary basis. He stated that everything was fine until his position was made permanent. Once he became a permanent employee, he worked on a team with a man and a woman.

The female employee began taunting the man about his Mexican heritage. She continually teased him and said that he must be a male chauvinist simply because he was Hispanic. The woman's abuse continued during the man's employment at the company. He stated that it became so bad that he became anxious and depressed and thought about committing suicide.

Racial discrimination at work is prohibited under state and federal law. Despite this, discrimination continues to be a pervasive problem at workplaces across the U.S. When joking is based on a person's race and is pervasive enough that it creates a hostile work environment, the victims may have legal rights against their employers. An experienced employment lawyer may review the facts of what occurred and advise the victims about how they might proceed. If the situation can't be resolved through company channels, the next step might be the filing of a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Source: Comic Book, "Ex-Blizzard employee alleges racial abuse and discrimination, 'I Wanted to Die'", Liana Ruppert, Jan. 9, 2019

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