Former Stardock Employee Suing CEO for Sexual Harassment

Earlier today, Kate Cox at Kotaku broke the story of a former Stardock employee suing the company’s CEO, Brad Wardell, for sexual harassment. Last month, Stardock filed a lawsuit against the former employee, Alexandra Miseta, for allegedly deleting marketing materials before her departure, but Kotaku reports that this lawsuit may be in retaliation for the sexual harassment suit, which was filed back in December of 2010.

The court records obtained by Kotaku describe Wardell’s harassment of Miseta and other women at Stardock in the form of sexual emails, comments, and “jokes”, and touching Miseta’s hair. The post was later updated with a statement from Wardell (posted on a forum, as Wardell did not respond to Kotaku directly) where he admits to making jokes that upset Miseta and to responding “very, very harshly” when she later emailed him about it.

Stardock is the developer of Elemental: War of Magic, and Wardell himself wrote a tie-in book for the game.

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2 Responses to Former Stardock Employee Suing CEO for Sexual Harassment

  1. Pai says:

    I’ve heard a couple comments criticizing Mieta for ‘not speaking up sooner’ (since records of the harassment dated back to 2008). But honestly, on the one hand women are berated for ‘not having thicker skin’ and for having any negative response to ‘bro gamer culture’ and are told ‘it’s just the way things are in gaming, deal with it’ for years, and then if someone doesn’t speak up the instant stuff like this happens to them, they get scolded for tolerating it for too long! It’s incredibly infuriating.

    • Korva says:

      Exactly. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. And it’s not like both victim-blaming and counter-accusations aren’t so painfully common and only discourage speaking up further.

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