Ubisoft is taking new legal action alleged sexual harassment throughout society. Kotaku and Rock Paper Gun report that the French workers’ union Solidaires Informatiques and two former Ubisoft staff have been cited in court the game developer for allegedly activating a culture of “institutional sexual harassment”. According to the union, Ubisoft was supposedly easier to tolerate the misconduct than to deal with the problems.
The lawsuit targets several existing and former Ubisoft employees, including former CEO Cecile Cornet (head of human resources), Tommy Francois (editorial VP) and Serge Hascoët (global creative director). The head of the Company, Yves Guillemot, is also under scrutiny not for direct participation, but because he is intrinsically “responsible” for what happens on Ubisoft.
Ubisoft said Kotaku he had “no other details to share” in response to the claim against the gaming giant. Earlier he said he had investigated all the claims and got an appropriate response.
There were already complaints that Ubisoft had not fully dealt with accusations like these. Bloomberg sources said he accused managers he remained in higher positions, and that staff reported sexist and racist activity that was not addressed.
There is no certainty that the cause will succeed, much less force institutional changes on Ubisoft. However, it is clear the company’s initial efforts were not enough to satisfy the employees. If the allegations are accurate, Ubi may need to take more drastic steps if it prevents misconduct and consequences.
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