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Bungie HR head steps down after damning report of toxic workplace culture

IGN had the original report, as it did Gayle d'Hondt's resignation.

Gayle d’Hondt has stepped down as head of HR at Bungie following a damning report by IGN that painted the developer as one with a toxic workplace.

IGN’s initial report featured 26 former and current employees as they alleged Bungie was a workplace full of inequality, microaggressions and inproper behaviour. Following the report, d’Hondt offered her resignation alongside an apology.

In an email sighted by IGN, d’Hondt said she believed leadership at Bungie needed to be fresh and full of individuals who weren’t enabling an inappropriate culture.

“I know that they need to be trusted to be your advocates – not labeled as ‘enablers’ or seen as company resources who provide bad actors with safe harbor,” d’Hondt said.

“I am proud of the work I did at this company,” she continued. “I believe I made recommendations that were in the best interest of our people and in service of the company we wish to become. I also believe we made some mistakes, and that to become the better version of ourselves – the company I know we can be – we have to acknowledge and confront them, in good faith, and grow together.”

Bungie’s latest, Destiny 2, is currently offering an event that celebrates 30 years of the developer. It’s available on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and Stadia.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light

10 Nov 2020 (PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One Xbox Series X)

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