It Goes All the Way to the Top!
Just over a year ago, many cases of alleged sexual misconduct within Ubisoft had surfaced. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot had issued statements and outlined changes to make, employees had resigned as a result of it, and others involved had been placed on disciplinary leave.
That is not the end of it though. Last week, a French union called Solidaires Informatique filed an official complaint against Ubisoft. This complaint names several high-level employees that they argue bear responsibility for the misconduct that takes place within the company.
These employees include Tommy François; “For taking advantage of his position to harass multiple people“, Serge Hascoët; “For taking advantage of his position to harass multiple people” and “Witness to the facts of his subordinates, he did nothing to stop them“, Cécile Cornet; “Knowing the facts, she allowed harassment to flourish within the company“, and Yves Guillemot; “Knowing the facts, she allowed harassment to flourish within the company“.
There are also unnamed employees, such as the assistant to Serge Hascoët; “For taking advantage of his proximity to Mr. Hascoët and harassing multiple people“, and several people within the Human Resources Department; “For having actively participated in covering up and covering up the acts of the stalkers“.
Big yikes. Solidaires Informatique also holds Ubisoft responsible for “putting in place, maintaining and strengthening a system where sexual harassment is tolerated because it is more profitable for the company to keep harassers in place than to protect its employees.”
I’m no lawyer or anything, so I can’t say what this may lead to, but hopefully it leads to change within Ubisoft to where its employees feel safe and respected at work.
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