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Rooster Teeth, A Gaming And Fan Community Owned By Warner Bros Discovery, Apologizes For “Hate And Mistreatment” After Former Staffer Complains About Slurs And Unfair Pay

Rooster Teeth, a gaming-oriented digital content material creator and fan group owned by Warner Bros Discovery, has apologized for “hate and mistreatment” after complaints have been lodged by a former staffer.

Kdin Jenzen, who labored for the Austin, TX-based company as a content material creator and editor from 2013 to July 2022, went public together with her experiences in a post shared on social media final weekend. She alleged the company, which was based in 2003, fostered a tradition during which she was overworked, underpaid and repeatedly known as a homophobic slur within the workplace.

“Within a few weeks of working at Rooster Teeth I was given a nickname, that nickname was a slur. Every day I came into work I was called” that frequent slur, Jenzen wrote, “but they could not use that name in content so when anyone was recording I was called ‘Fugz’ instead. For any fans who used that nickname for me for years, that’s what you were calling me. I couldn’t say anything about it, I had reported the use of that nickname for years to HR, and nothing was ever done about it and the videos that use that nickname for me are still up.”

As her tenure continued, Jenzen says she was routinely placing in 16-hour days, with solely occasional bonuses and a wage she found was $30,000 under the place it ought to have been based mostly on her position, efficiency and {qualifications}.

“As a company, we sincerely apologize for the hateful and harmful behavior that occurred in the past. We must do better. We are sorry,” the company stated in a Twitter thread on Tuesday evening. The thread elaborated on numerous steps the company has taken, and stated that the company was instituting a slowdown in its output this week in order that employees can “reconnect with one another.” It added, “We’ll be back to making content next week. Do not harass any RT staff. Many of them are actively working to make Rooster Teeth a better place.”

Rooster Teeth, whose net sequence Red vs. Blue put it on the map, was beforehand a part of Otter Media, which was a subsidiary of AT&T. Last April, Discovery and WarnerMedia sealed a $43 billion merger, with AT&T remaining a stakeholder however not controlling the leisure company and Rooster Teeth grew to become part of WBD.

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