A former Krafton worker is suing the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds maker for wrongful termination after she reported an alleged sexual assault by former Krafton head of technique and enterprise Kevin Kimball.
The lawsuit — which describes sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, false imprisonment, and wrongful termination — was filed in December 2023 with the Los Angeles Superior Courtroom. The 31-year-old girl was employed by Krafton from 2021 to 2023, and the alleged sexual assault involving Kimball was mentioned to have occurred on Dec. 8, 2022, at a work-related get together following the Sport Awards in Los Angeles.
The occasion started at a Los Angeles bar earlier than shifting to a Placing Distance get together, the place the girl says the assault occurred, in keeping with the lawsuit. (Placing Distance is a subsidiary of Krafton that focuses on narrative video games inside the PUBG universe.) The lady mentioned within the lawsuit that Kimball made sexual advances on her whereas giving her extra alcohol, resulting in what the lawsuit describes as a “compelled intercourse assault in a rest room stall.” The lawsuit states that Kimball “compelled himself” on her till she escaped, crying, from the lavatory stall.
The alleged sexual assault was reported to Krafton administration, however the lawsuit states it was “ignored” as leaders “didn’t examine the complaints.” The lady was fired two months later in what the lawsuit calls retaliation.
“These Defendants had the fitting, obligation, potential and energy to guard Plaintiff (and all females) from intercourse harassment, sexual assault and alcohol fueled debauchery but nothing was accomplished to handle Kimball’s intercourse assault of the Plaintiff,” legal professionals wrote. Not solely has the girl claimed to face monetary misery from “leaving her with out earnings and unemployed from full time work since [she was] all of a sudden fired,” she says she has skilled “extreme emotional misery,” together with “nice concern, shame, fixed concern, [and] embarrassment.”
Neither Krafton nor Kimball have responded to Polygon’s request for remark by publication.
In accordance with his LinkedIn web page, Kimball labored for Placing Distance and Krafton for roughly three years, first as vice chairman of world advertising and marketing at Placing Distance earlier than changing into Krafton’s head of technique and enterprise in January 2023, after the alleged assault. Kimball left Krafton in September 2023, per LinkedIn. The explanation for his departure is unknown, although Kimball now lists himself as self-employed. Previous to Krafton, Kimball labored at PlayStation, Ubisoft, Zynga, and Digital Arts.