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Former PlayVS employee sues LA court over wrongful termination and discrimination based on pregnancy

The high school’s esports platform, PlayVS, is being sued for wrongful termination by a former employee who also outlined a pattern of harassment and a hostile work environment.

Rachel Waynick, a former Quality Assurance Analyst at PlayVS, has filed a lawsuit against the company for wrongful dismissal, among other things. The lawsuit was first filed March 9 in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Jacob Wolf.

The lawsuit alleges in full that PlayVS imposed a performance enhancement plan on Waynick after she told her manager on June 10, 2021 that she was pregnant. Waynick then complained to the company’s human resources department, claiming they were ignored.

She also claims that during this time she was “bullied and treated with hostility at work” which caused her to experience “extreme stress”. She also had other pregnancy complications which, according to the filing, prompted her to take time off on her doctor’s orders.

Waynick returned to the office from vacation to find her computer locked and she was fired later that same day. Waynick began working at PlayVS in January 2021 and was fired on August 16, 2021.

In all, Waynick alleges that PlayVS violated five California labor counts including discrimination, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination, maternity leave violation, and wrongful termination.

Waynick has filed complaints with the Department of Fair Housing and Employment. PlayVS has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

PlayVS High School Esports and its turbulent past

This lawsuit is another piece of bad press for the Los Angeles-based company after it allegedly misled Epic Games in its previous partnership with Fortnite The Jacob Wolf Report.

The company has also reportedly sent cease and desist emails to high school sports organizations claiming to have exclusive rights to Activision Blizzard and Nintendo games The Washington Post.

PlayVS’ controversial relationship with nonprofit high school sports organizations was also recent profiled by Upcomers.

PlayVS founder Delane Parnell has accused both the Washington Post and Jacob Wolf of spreading false stories for clicks and made up his own Youtube channel to correct these perceived inaccuracies.

https://www.dexerto.com/business/former-playvs-employee-sues-for-wrongful-termination-and-pregnancy-discrimination-in-la-court-1803014/ Former PlayVS employee sues LA court over wrongful termination and discrimination based on pregnancy

Emma Bowman

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