Paradox responds to union-led survey revealing a culture of harassment
Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings developer Paradox Interactive are apparently struggling with a culture of “gender discrimination and mistreatment” according to a survey conducted by two of Sweden's employee unions.
"Offensive treatment is a systematic and far too common problem at Paradox," according to the report, and “perpetrators at managerial level” are protected by executives and a “culture of silence”.
- The survey was conducted in August by two unions
- 44% of 133 surveyed staff experienced mistreatment overall
- Highest dissatisfaction at Paradox’s Swedish operations
- 69% of female staff experienced abusive treatment
Unacceptable: Paradox has responded to the report, stating that the report is “obviously not satisfactory,” and that reappointed CEO Fredrik Wester will tackle the issue. Ebba Ljungerud was the CEO who took over from Wester in 2018, although she stepped down last week due to "differing views on the company's strategy going forward". Paradox Interactive told us that the two aren't related.
Immediate action: Wester said he “wants to ensure this data is acted upon,” and will be contacting an “external, neutral firm” to conduct a thorough audit and will look at “unbiased hiring” practices and other measures.