Naughty Dog Comments on Sexual Harassment Claims
Yesterday former Naughty Dog employee David Ballard alleged that he was sexually harassed while working for the Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us developer. According to Ballard, he was sexually harassed in late 2014, and was fired shortly after going to human resources about the matter. Now, Naughty Dog has responded to the allegations.
Naughty Dog says that they have “not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way,” and that “harassment and inappropriate conduct have no place at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment.” They also stressed the importance of having a safe workplace, and said that they take “reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously.”
Here’s the full comment from Naughty Dog regarding the sexual harassment allegations:
We have recently read on social media that an ex-employee of Naughty Dog, Dave Ballard, claims he was sexually harassed when he worked at Naughty Dog. We have not found any evidence of having received allegations from Mr. Ballard that he was harassed in any way at Naughty Dog or Sony Interactive Entertainment. Harassment and inappropriate conduct have no place at Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment. We have taken and always will take reports of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances very seriously. We value every single person who works at Naughty Dog and Sony interactive Entertainment. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe, productive workplace environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making games.
We’ll continue to update the story as it continues to develop.
[Source: Naughty Dog]