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Rocksteady accused of mishandling sexual harassment at workplace

Rocksteady Studios, a Londoner maker of videogames behind the Batman Arkham show, and the forthcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, has been drilled following an allegation leveled against it that the company never took action when stories of sexual harassment were presented to them from within.

In November 2018, the Guardian released a report on the workplace abuse faced in the labor force by more than half Rocksteady female workers.

The letter of 10 of the company’s 16 female workers poses issues in the workplace, such as transgendered community slurs and discussing a lady with other colleagues in a derogatory or sexual way as well as unwanted progress, leering at the part of the woman’s bodies and improper office comment.

The unnamed source from The Guardian, who signed the letter in 2018, reports that the letter has not been held in secret by the organization, resulting in only one employee awareness session on sexual assault. The author says that Rocksteady still has discrimination and sexual harassment problems.

The letter of 10 of the company’s 16 female workers poses issues in the workplace, such as transgendered community slurs and discussing a lady with other colleagues in a derogatory or sexual way as well as unwanted progress, leering at the part of the woman’s bodies and improper office comment.

The unnamed source from The Guardian, who signed the letter in 2018, reports that the letter has not been held in secret by the organization, resulting in only one employee awareness session on sexual assault. The author says that Rocksteady still has discrimination and sexual harassment problems.

Kim MacAskill, the former lead scriptwriter for the forthcoming Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League, has been focusing on her job at Rocksteady ever since the Guardian’s article was released.

MacAskill claims 97 percent of Rocksteady staff have embraced her as a feminist and entrepreneur in their 13-minute film. “It’s just so unfortunate that because one or two people weren’t so good that this happens and it happened because the company is so inept at limiting this stuff,” she said.

MacAskill is delving into how she assembled Rocksteady’s woman workers to address their encounters of sexual abuse in the workforce and for those who have served in human resources (HR). MacAskill claims she claims that she has endured abuse on Rocksteady, everyone but one of the people she spoke to. MacAskill also argues that HR did not treat the charges properly.

Rocksteady remained largely quiet amid these claims. In the meantime, it sent a message to the company’s Twitter account that the company claimed is a joint response by 7 of the ten signatories to the original letter in 2018. The company said that it was working on a response to the news.

The latest correspondence states that the question of Rocksteady’s “immediate action” was resolved without their permission the initial 2018 correspondence sent to the Guardian.

 

This is not a voting matter

In an article written on Forbes, Liz Lanier, a writer who has done a lot of work on labor and harassment issues in the industry, asserts that “How well a company handles sexual harassment is not a voting matter. How can employees be expected to open up about their experiences when there is this unspoken pressure to fall in line and agree with the majority?

How can women be expected to speak up when your company decides to train them into being more “self-confident” via “workshops” rather than spending that energy addressing those who are doing the harassing? Why would anyone speak up at all after seeing the woman who initially spoke out on these issues ousted from the studio?”

 

Rocksteady’s Response

Rather than a new letter drawn up by its female employees, Rocksteady issued a new message straight from the organization. Within the letter of 2018, Rocksteady states that he tried to fix the issues posed when Rocksteady supposedly did little in his patriarchal position.

“In response to the initial communication, we met with all our female staff, we listened, and we dealt with the issues raised. All formal complaints were thoroughly investigated, addressed appropriately, and a number of serious measures were taken in response to the issues that were surfaced, including discipline or termination of staff.”

In a follow-up, Rocksteady says it is consulting with a third-party research consultancy to explore the atmosphere of the enterprise with all Rocksteady staff.

 

 

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