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Employees at publisher Paradox Interactive have complained of gender discrimination and bullying, according to a poll conducted in August by union organizations Unionen and Sveriges Ingenjörer.
44 percent of the 133 workers who answered claim they had been subjected to “mistreatment” while working for the business.
The employee poll focused on Paradox Interactive’s Swedish operations, which employs around 400 people in different areas. Bullying and gender discrimination are the major problems, according to the study.
Women made up 26% of the respondents, with 69 percent claiming to have been subjected to abusive behavior. The similar sentiment was expressed by 33% of male responders. Employees also noted a “culture of silence” and a failure to adequately address these problems “at a later time.”
According to website Breakit, through Gamesindustry.biz, “there is a sense that offenders at the management level are shielded by the business.”
The announcement comes only days after Ebba Ljungerud resigned as CEO of Paradox Interactive. Her successor, Fredrik Wester, disputed any link between the findings of the staff poll and her departure, which was officially ascribed to “differing opinions on the company’s future direction.”
“Paradox is now in the process of bringing in an external, impartial firm to undertake a full assessment of our procedures as well as a comprehensive staff survey,” Loc Fontaine, the company’s communications manager, told Breakit.
Last month, the publisher also revealed that its second quarter was less than spectacular, with a decrease in sales and operating profit when compared to the same period in 2020.
We’ve reached out to Paradox Interactive for comment, and we’ll update this story as soon as we get a response.
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