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Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit

Kotaku has a follow-up to Stardock's recent lawsuit against Alexandra Miseta over what the company alleges was its former marketing manager's role in the shortcomings of Elemental: War of Magic. They have court documents showing that before being sued herself, Miseta had already brought her own lawsuit against Stardock CEO Brad Wardell for sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, and that Stardock's lawsuit came three weeks after a judge denied their request to dismiss her case. In addition to details from the sexual harassment case, they offer accounts from an anonymous alleged former Stardock employees refuting the idea that Miseta was responsible for Elemental's failure. They say Wardell has not yet responded to their request for comment on this.

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120. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 7, 2012, 11:15 Mr. Tact
 
Was he a jerk/asshole? Sounds like it. Did she overact? Maybe. Truth is we will never really know.

I've been involved in "miscommunications" at work and while my personal examples never approached the level of this case it sheds light on this for me.

I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Brad Wardell thought what he said and did could be considered slightly lacking in class, however it was no where close to sexual harassment. And simultaneously I can believe Alexandra Miseta thought it was blatant harassment.

Which is true? We'll never know. It's possible both are true, depending on your point of view. It's possible neither are true. Human communication is complicated in general, in this area it's nearly undecipherable.

Edit: For the record, my personal examples involve being "overly blunt" and using expletives to describe customers to co-workers who "didn't appreciate my language". It's slightly more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it.

This comment was edited on Sep 7, 2012, 11:21.
 
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