Don’t you just love a good drama story? This one’s about Stardock the studio that developed and released the highly unsuccessful Elemental: War of Magic. Kotaku has a story that sheds a little bit of light on a story that was going around not too long ago. The original story that broke was that Stardock was suing an ex-employee for losses of over a million dollars for taking and/or damaging marketing materials on their way out the door. New light has been shed on this case in the form of a previous lawsuit that the CEO was already in – with the same employee in which she accused him of sexual harassment.
Miseta was the manager of marketing at Stardock when she quit around three weeks before Elemental shipped. When she left in August, 2010, she was threatening a suit against Wardell for sexual harassment. That suit was filed in December, 2010, seeking unspecified damages in excess of $25,000. The best evidence comes in the forms of several statements and emails made by the CEO, Brad Wardell. Email records showed that he said she wasn’t just chosen “because [she was] hot,” and a link to a sexual purity survey and request to send the score back to him.
She sent him an email in May asking him to stop with the sexual harassment and he sent back “I am an inappropriate, sexist, vulgar and embarrassing person and I’m not inclined to change my behavior. If this is a problem, you need to find another job,” which is exactly what she did. On August 3rd she was out the door. It seems that the lawsuit over damaging marketing materials is a PR redirection in hopes that the backlash over the sexual harassment case that’s pending will be overshadowed by a “bad employee.”
If he did or didn’t harass her, and if she did or didn’t destroy any documents, I think one thing can be agreed upon: BACK UP YOUR DOCUMENTS!