Eidos Montreal Employee Gets Sacked for Facebook ‘Hate Speech’

If you're a video game tester and you act like a dumb ass (allegedly) you'll probably get fired. Just ask 20-something Blake Marsh, who decided to try a little political comedy with a dash of misogyny and hate on his Facebook page. It's too bad for Marsh that his bosses at Eidos Montreal weren't laughing when they found out.

Following a failed assassination attempt by suspect Richard Bain on the newly-elected Quebec premier-designate Pauline Marois that saw one person killed and another severely injured, Marsh decided to make light of the crime:

"You just can't find good assassins these days," he wrote on Facebook, later adding "I give this b**** a month before someone with better aims comes forth and does what must be done."

Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D’Astous was disturbed by the public post from an employee. He consulted with the company's legal team and then unceremoniously fired him. The company said that it has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to "threats and intimidation."

While Marsh has been sacked at Eidos Montreal, police have not charged him with a crime. There's some debate as to whether speaking your mind – however horrible the bile it produces – is a fire-able offense. As for the shooter – he has been arrested and faces 16 charges related to the assassination attempt.

Source: CTV News


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    Longjocks says:

    I don't agree with the "misogyny" part. In this context it's unclear whether he's making any attack specifically based on sex by using "bitch", or just using it in the same way one might call a guy a dick or a wanker. Sure, he could be a sexist moron, but this quote alone provides no evidence of this.

    As for the rest, it seems to be just a thoughtless rant. Whether he's an idiot for the content of this rant isn't something I can comment on without knowing the details of the situation he's commenting on. But maybe he's an idiot if he links his FB page to his work and tends to say offensive stuff that could have his employers want to disassociate themselves from him.

    PS. If that little comment got him fired then my FB page could well and truly get me crucified.

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    djnforce9 says:

    Just another example of why you should NOT post remarks like this (even jokingly) on your Facebook if you want to keep your job (especially in a high profile company like Eidos) or if you are going to do this, make yourself at least somewhat anonymous like on some random comment board. The only way this could have been a dumber move is if the employee in question added his boss as a friend so she could see everything he posted first hand (or who knows; maybe he did).

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    DorthLous says:

    You need to be in Québec to understand. This is not the US, where some crazy people is always calling for the death of X or Y (Don't worry, quite aware that it's usually an idiot minority, but still, it's not normal behavior here.) Right now, in the last 6 months-1 year, the situation has gradually been escalating towards a civil war and it's actually getting quite scary. There were incredible police brutalities and some rights were suspended recently in face of social protests. Things are escalating in a very scary manner.

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    DorthLous says:

    Right. You obviously know a lot on the matter. I mean, obviously, for all the years I've been posting on GP, I've been as mad as a loony and everyone has been calling me out because of it. Grow up, drop your prejudices and stop justifying hate, dumb ass.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    The only way he should have said this without being fired is if there was no way to tell that he worked for Eidos via his Facebook page.  Since he most likely listed his employer, he absolutely should have been canned.  No debate about it.

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    Lizard says:

    I don't know what Canadian free speech laws are like, but at least from an American perspective, it's the right of an employer to fire an employee whose actions are likely to reflect badly on the company. Whether the employee can then sue for wrongful termination depends on umpty-gazillion factors, state laws, who has the best lawyer, etc. If the employee used corporate resources (web site, twitter account, whatever) or otherwise directly linked the employer, it's a lot more cut-and-dried.

    In general, freedom of speech (in most western democracies, and I want to add the caveat that I don't claim to have studied every nation's de-facto and de-jure jurisprudence on this issue) is protection from legal consequences of unpopular or offensive speech: You are generally not going to be fined, imprisoned, or shot for saying things people don't. (Every nation has its own boundaries to this, of course; no nation has TOTAL free speech, extending to, say, libel, fraud, or kiddie porn, and there's big grey areas where some nations permit things and others don't.) You are not, however, generally protected from the SOCIAL consequences of your speech: You can be disavowed, shunned, or fired. There's a right to speak, but not a right to compel people to associate with you if they don't like what you say. (Again, to use America as an example, not because I think "every place is just like America!", but because it's the only nation whose laws I've studied to any kind of extent, it's not legal for most businesses to refuse to deal with someone because of their collective identity (race, religion, gender) but it is legal to refuse to deal with an *individual* because they've done something you personally find odious. (This applies to private businesses, not government agencies, or quasi-private businesses that rely on government licenses, such as electrical or phone services. AT&T is a private company, but they can't cut off your phone service if you criticize AT&T. OTOH, your local pizza place CAN refuse to sell you pizza if they don't like the editorial you wrote in the town paper.)

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