Nintendo of America is currently investigating claims of sexual misconduct.
A company-wide message (via Kotaku) from President Doug Bowser explained that Nintendo is acknowledging the “media coverage with claims about employee behavior.”
“We have a strict policy designed to protect our employees and associates from inappropriate behavior, and we expect full adherence to this policy by anyone who works for or with us,” said Bowser. “We have and will always investigate any allegations of which we become aware, and we are actively investigating these most recent claims.”
Nintendo has come under fire after claims that female contractors face a “frathouse” environment of sexual harassment and misconduct.
“Nintendo was almost a nightmare,” a contractor told Kotaku. “It’s sad because I love Nintendo; I grew up with Nintendo. I was so excited to join Nintendo when I first got there, and I thought I was going somewhere. My supervisors told me that I was doing so well.”
Another claimed that “[product testing] felt like a student house at times.”
They reportedly ran into jokes about gender stereotypes and female characters flipping their skirts. She claims that when she complained, she was simply told to be “tough enough” to work on product testing.
“I’ve had people act in a way that made me feel uncomfortable, then ask me not to go to HR about it because I’d ‘misinterpret’, making me feel guilty about my own discomfort,” he said. another tester. “I never felt so involved in things or respected.”
In November last year, Nintendo condemned sexual harassment allegations against Activision Blizzard, calling the reports “disturbing”.
“Along with all of you, I’ve been following the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity at the company,” Bowser said at the time. “I find these reports disturbing and disturbing. They go against both my values and Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies.”
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Now it’s Nintendo under scrutiny, and Bowser wants to assure employees that Nintendo of America is taking it seriously.
“Keep in mind that our HR teams are here to support you,” he wrote. “If you experience, have witnessed, or have witnessed anything related to such behavior that violates our standards of conduct, the employee handbook or the company values, please contact your HR business partner immediately.”
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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