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Super Free Games receives lawsuit that alleges biases against women

Ex-employee accusations against the studio include pay, gender, and leadership inequities toward female staffers

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A new lawsuit against Super Free Games (SFG) alleges that the studio has been discriminatory towards women.

The suit was filed with the San Francisco Superior Court by a former employee that was laid off following years of inequality she experienced.

Despite working at the games firm since 2016, the ex-staffer says that she was passed over for promotions as they went "unqualified men."

The former SFG worker was eventually promoted to a managerial role in the marketing division. In 2021, a man with no career background in marketing was made her boss.

As concerns about women's discrimination were raised, a committee found that the employee "had poor communication issues and created a level of mistrust..."

She was asked to move to another department, accept a non-managerial role, and a 26% pay cut. After the employee refused, she was terminated while pregnant, as the company cited the cause as a reduction in its workforce.

Additionally, the lawsuit says that women comprise less than a third of SFG's staff.

"The company has an unmistakable bias against women. Every woman there has felt it. I've witnessed too many instances of exclusion and marginalization to ignore it. I can't in good conscience let it happen again without speaking up," said the former SFG staffer.

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Jeffrey Rousseau: Jeffrey joined in March 2021. Based in Florida, his work focused on the intersectionality of games and media. He enjoys reading, podcasts, staying informed, and learning how people are tackling issues.
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