Naughty Dog respond to sexual harrassment allegations from ex-employee

Naughty Dog respond to sexual harrassment allegations from ex-employee

Neither Sony nor Naughty Dog has come forward to comment on Ballard's tweets officially, but hopefully, that will change come Monday once everyone is back at work. He said he has had interviews for new positions, and when a prospective employer asks why he left Naughty Dog, he allegedly tells them that he was "burned out by the crunch" because he is too ashamed to speak about his claims of sexual harassment.

His work environment became extremely toxic after the harassment in 2015 and the HR got involved as well. He said he informed HR about the alleged harassment and they "fired me the next day". They cited the company was moving in a different direction and my job was no longer needed.

According to Ballard, after he was sacked, Sony PlayStation HR offered him $20,000 to sign a termination letter and remain silent. "I declined to sign", Ballard tweeted.

Ballard said he has been unemployed for the past 17 months. "I will not let anyone kill my drive or love for the video game industry, my passions or life", he ended.

The claims blew up across social media, and were reported across a number of websites. This led to Naughty Dog responding to the allegations, and now more information has emerged.

Over the weekend former Naughty Dog employee David Ballard alleged that he was sexually harassed while working for the Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us developer.

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Naughty Dog has responded to the allegations, saying it found no evidence of harassment. Now, a former Naughty Dog employee has talked about his experiences, and how Sony fired him and allegedly offered money for his silence.

Naughty Dog said that it has and will always take reports involving sexual harassment very seriously, adding that it is of utmost importance to the company that it is able maintain a safe and productive environment for its employees.

"We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony Iinteractive Entertainment".

Some have called this stance hypocritical and a double standard, given that one of the mantras that have been paraded around in the gaming industry since 2014 is that people should "listen and believe" when a victim of sexual harassment comes forward. But the overall tone seems dismissive of the matter. But to keep him quiet, the company offered a termination package of $20,000.

After subsequently reporting abuse to Sony HR, Ballard claims he was sacked the next day. Each discipline at the studio typically has two leads, and by one estimate there are around two dozen at Naughty Dog.


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