As an employee at Nintendo, did you feel like your male colleagues…

  • received more opportunities for promotions,
  • got paid more for the same work,
  • sexually harassed female coworkers,
  • Or were part of an exclusionary “boys club?”

Game Testers Speak Up About Sexual Harassment

Recently, numerous current and former Nintendo of America employees have come forward to share storied that reveal a sexist culture and lack of advancement opportunities for women. Several of the complaints center around the structural inequality between Nintendo full time employees and the company’s part-time and contract employees, who were allegedly treated as second class citizens.

  • One game tester mentioned that she’d been working at Nintendo for almost a decade making $16/hr when she found out that a more junior male in the same role made $19/hr.
  • Several female contract employees noticed that women rarely got promotions. One observed, “It’s usually guys who get promoted. They’re usually all friends. They watch the Super Bowl together.”
  • Former employees remember men making comments about female associates’ body sizes and appearances.

All of the examples above can lead to a hostile work environment and be grounds for a lawsuit. If you feel like you were treated unfairly because of your gender while working at Nintendo, you may have a claim.

Aerotek Employees Silenced After Reporting Sexism

Nintendo finds contract work from several employment agencies, including Aerotek (now Aston Carter), which has been involved in several lawsuits for discrimination and wage violations. Recently allegations have surfaced that Aerotek, among other contract agencies, do not take Nintendo sexual harassment and discrimination complaints seriously.

One contract game tester took screenshots of a group chat after a full-time male colleague posted sexually explicit and graphic descriptions of a Pokémon character. She went to Aerotek management about the incident, and they allegedlywarned her to be less outspoken.

Several sources told Kotaku that full-time employees made inappropriate advances toward female testers or used female contract workers as their dating pool. The power difference between full-time employees and contractors exacerbated unprofessional behavior.

If you tried to raise a concern with Nintendo’s management team, but felt ignored, Speak Confidentially to an Attorney.

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