Cards Against Humanity co-founder steps down after complaints about office’s sexist and racist culture

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Max Temkin, one of the eight original co-creators of Cards against humanity (and perhaps the most public of them) resigned from his post after numerous former employees filed complaints that he was the “forerunner” of a toxic work environment at the company’s Chicago offices.

As reported by Polygon Temkin, who had already had his “managerial duties” reduced after previous “staff complaints”, now “resigned and no longer has an active role in Cards Against Humanity.”

A statement about Letters against humanity site readings:

Starting June 6, several of our former employees posted reports on social media about a toxic work environment at our Chicago office. Many of them focused on one of our eight co-founders, Max Temkin, who ran that office. We immediately started an internal investigation, and on June 9, we made the following commitments to our staff:

  • Max Temkin resigned and no longer has an active role in Cards Against Humanity, effective that day.
  • We are hiring a specialized firm to review and improve all human resources, hiring and management practices in the company. Our goal is to make these practices more inclusive, transparent, and equitable.
  • An external organization will lead workplace training for all Cards Against Humanity partners and employees, focusing on communication and unconscious bias at work.

As Cards Against Humanity quickly grew from a hobby project in our parents’ basements to a company with 18 full-time employees, we made many mistakes. We want to apologize to employees who were not listened to or were not respected in our office. We are really sorry. We also want to unequivocally declare that we condemn harassment to anyone who has posted stories about their experiences on Cards Against Humanity.

For the sake of transparency, we now share our full answers to a series of questions we received by email from a Polygon journalist about our company and social media accounts. Some of these accounts are true, some are not, and some are still under investigation.

We are committed to rebuilding a workplace that partners and staff can be proud of. It is our responsibility to see this through.


Josh, Daniel, Eli, Ben, David M., David P.

Active co-founders, Cards against humanity

The interview responses they mention relate to this excellent feature in Polygonwhich you should definitely read before moving on to Letters against humanity answers.

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