Ubisoft is facing new lawsuits due to alleged sexual harassment throughout the company. Kotaku and Rock Paper Shotgun report that the French workers’ association Solidaires Informatiques and two former Ubisoft employees have sued the game developer for allegedly enabling a culture of “institutional sexual harassment.” It was apparently easier for Ubisoft to tolerate offenses than to solve problems, according to the union.
The lawsuit is against several existing and former Ubisoft employees, including former executives Cecile Cornet (human resources manager), Tommy Francois (editorial VP) and Serge Hascoët (global creative director). Business manager Yves Guillemot is also under investigation not for direct involvement, but because he is inherently “responsible”
In Ubisoft Kotaku it had “no further details to share” in response to the claim against the gaming giant. It said earlier that it had investigated all allegations and taken an appropriate response.
There were already complaints that Ubisoft had not fully addressed claims like these. Bloomberg sources said that accused leaders remained in senior positions and that staff reported sexist and racist activity that was not addressed.
There is no guarantee that the lawsuit will succeed, let alone force institutional changes at Ubisoft. However, it is clear that the company’s initial efforts were not enough to satisfy employees. If the allegations are accurate, Ubi may need to take more drastic action to prevent abuse and the subsequent fallout.
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