Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said he and other executives are reviewing reports of poor working conditions that surfaced last week.
Bowser addressed the “disturbing” reports in an email to Nintendo employees shared by Axios, reiterating Nintendo’s policy of “zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior, including harassment, discrimination or intimidation.”
Nintendo has yet to publicly comment on the allegations, but Bowser’s internal email addressed “alleged working conditions at Nintendo.”
It said: “Like many of you, the leadership team and I find many of these points troubling and we are reviewing the content closely.”
IGN revealed in a report last week that several Nintendo contractors felt they were treated like second-class citizens in an investigation launched after a former Nintendo employee filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
“Nintendo is a very big and complicated and mysterious company,” one contractor told IGN last week, “and that’s at the root of the problem. Every contractor starts with the hope that they will become a regular employee, and very, very, very few people do.”
The original complaint against Nintendo that sparked the investigation came from a former employee who claimed his employment was terminated because of his union membership.
However, Nintendo denied this, saying the employee was terminated “for disclosure of confidential information and for no other reason,” adding that they are “fully committed to providing a welcoming and supportive work environment for all of our employees and contractors.” Offer”.
We reached out to Nintendo for comment.
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