The Soliders Informatic The union has filed a new complaint against Ubisoft before the courts in Bobigny, France, alleging that executives including CEO Yves Guillemot have enabled and encouraged a culture of “institutional sexual harassment” in the company.
“In June 2020, dozens of testimonies appeared on social media, and soon were supported by articles from various outlets (Libération and Numérama in particular), to report cases of sexual harassment within Ubisoft, with the consent of the human resources departments, who were protecting the harassers,” said Soliders. Informatic in a translated statement sent by email.
“On July 15, 2021, a complaint was filed with Bobigny Criminal Court by Maud Beckers, both representing Soliders Informatique and several of the company’s victims.”
The complaint specifically stated the following:
- Tommy Francois, former Ubisoft Vice President of Editorial and Creative Services, allegedly using his position to harass multiple people;
- Serge Hasscott, a former chief creative officer of Ubisoft, allegedly using his position to harass numerous people and failing to prevent similar behavior by his subordinates;
- Assistant to Serge Hasscott, for allegedly exploiting his closeness to Mr. Hasscott and harassing several persons;
- Cecile Cornet, a former global director of human resources, who allegedly allowed harassment to spread within the company;
- Several unnamed individuals from the Human Resources Department, “for actively participating in the cover-up and concealment of the harasser’s actions”;
- Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, not because of any specific allegations but because “as CEO, he is responsible for what happens within the company”.
“Importantly, the complaint targets Ubisoft as a company, for institutional sexual harassment,” the union said. “To establish, maintain, and strengthen a system in which sexual harassment is tolerated, because keeping harassers in their place is more profitable for the company than protecting employees. These harassment, which are tolerated by the higher levels of the company, are protected by human resources departments have created a company-wide system In addition to the above list of people, this procedure seeks to deconstruct the dynamics of this system.”
François, Hasco Cornt and Cornet are no longer with Ubisoft: the three left the company last year amid allegations of misconduct and abuse in the workplace. Yannis Mallat, Managing Director of Ubisoft Canada Studios, and Vice President of Ubisoft Maxime Biland He also resigned from the company due to similar complaints. Guillemot I apologise For the September 2020 violations, but took no responsibility for them.
In recent months, Guillemot has promoted leadership changes at the company with the goal of making Ubisoft “the ideal workplace in the technology industry.” Not everyone is convinced that things really change, or that Guillemot has the ability to make it happen. A May report by Le Télégramme stated that some employees Don’t think that meaningful changes are being made, leading to the popular Twitter hashtag #holdubisoftaccountable. The report also stated that the union was planning a group legal action against Ubisoft, likely referring to this complaint.
A representative of Solidaires Informatique said the union is now filing the complaint because it took nearly a year to gather evidence and testimonies, and put the case together.
“Institutional sexual harassment is a charge rarely seen in a court in France, and attorney Maud Beckers, wanted to file the strongest complaint possible,” the actor said. “However, we consider the changes made by Ubisoft to be superficial…the situation at home has not changed much, and we hope that the evolution of the case will also continue to draw attention to its development, and continue to pressure Ubisoft to honor its promises.”
Solidaires Informatique has invited other potential complainants to join the procedure “to testify or to file a complaint”. In response to an inquiry about the new complaint, a Ubisoft representative provided a link to the company May 2021 update He details changes in the company in response to the allegations of misconduct, but then only says “We have no further details on the lawsuit against Ubisoft.”