Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has said he and other executives are looking into reports of poor working conditions that emerged last week.
Bowser addressed the “troubling” reports in an email to Nintendo employees shared by Axios, reiterating Nintendo’s policy of “zero-tolerance for inappropriate conduct, including harassment, discrimination or intimidation.”
Nintendo is yet to comment on the allegations publicly but Bowser’s internal email addressed the “alleged working conditions at Nintendo”.
It said: “Like many of you, the executive leadership team and I find many of these troubling points, and we are closely reviewing the content.”
IGN revealed in a report last week that several Nintendo contractors felt 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 secretive company,” one contractor told IGN last week, “and that’s what kind of causes the problem. Each contractor starts with the hope they will become a regular employee, and very, very, very few people do. “
The initial complaint against Nintendo that prompted the investigation was from a former employee who claimed their employment was terminated due to their involvement with a union.
Nintendo denied this, however, saying the employee was terminated “for the disclosure of confidential information and for no other reason,” adding that it is “fully committed to providing a welcoming and supportive work environment for all our employees and contractors.”
We’ve contacted Nintendo for comment.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.