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Ubisoft Hit With Complaint Over Sexual Harassment

The publisher's woes haven't stopped

According to a Kotaku report published on Friday, French worker union Solidaires Informatique filed a collective action lawsuit with the Bobigny criminal court against Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry publisher Ubisoft.

The complaint alleges Ubisoft institutionalized sexual harassment in its workspaces. It calls out several current and former Ubisoft employees, including former chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, former executive Tommy François, head of human relations Cécile Corner, and CEO Yves Guillemot.

“The complaint targets Ubisoft as a legal entity for institutional sexual harassment for setting up, maintaining and reinforcing 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,” according to a statement from the French union.

Hascoët and François left Ubisoft in July 2020 following reports of a toxic internal culture. Collet stepped down from her role, but her LinkedIn profile suggests she remained with Ubisoft until March.

Solidaires Informatique said it still wants other people allegedly abused by Ubisoft or its employees to testify or join the lawsuit. The union said it will pay for all legal costs and won’t make union membership a requirement to join the lawsuit.

When asked for comment, an Ubisoft spokesperson said, “We do not have any further details to share regarding the claim filed against Ubisoft.”

Since 2020, several reports have shed light on the toxic work culture at Ubisoft. Across the board, the reports have shown a work culture that protects managers and executives while they abused or sexually harassed employees.

In a letter published on Ubisoft’s website, Guillemot said the company has taken several steps to address the issues. For example, Guillemot said the company now makes anti-harassment training mandatory and hired a vice president of global diversity and inclusivity.

However, Solidaires Informatique said Ubisoft continues to harbor several managers accused of “harassment or toxic behavior.” Earlier in July, Bloomberg reported current employees concerned over a lack of follow-through on Ubisoft’s part has led to a “fresh round of complaints on Ubisoft’s internal board.”

Williams Pelegrin

Williams Pelegrin is a Managing Editor for CultureDent. When he's not writing up news, he's taking a walk around the neighborhood with his wife and his dog. Either that, or drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Or both.
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