Plunged into a harassment and sexual assault scandal in June 2020, Ubisoft is the target of legal action today. The Solidaires Informatique union and two former employees filed charges against the French company for institutionalized harassment.
A complaint against Ubisoft and its agents
Last year, Ubisoft made the front page of the world’s press. Several employees and managers were then accused of harassment and sexual assault against several employees. Worse still, these practices appeared to be known to all without any action being taken.
A year later, on Thursday, July 15, a complaint was just filed in the Bobigny Criminal Court. A complaint directed not only against Ubisoft as a legal entity, but also against individuals including the group’s CEO, Yves Guillemot.
Ubisoft has not responded in the press for the time being. The company, which has promised to change its management practices since September 2020, is due to speak on this topic soon.
The press release of the Syndicat Solidaires Informatique can be found here. Also note that other complaints, particularly in Canada, are expected because of similar facts.
Very serious facts alleged
As a reminder, there were many testimonials about Ubisoft’s leadership practices in the summer of 2020. Serge Hascoet and Tommy François were the first victims of these allegations. Cécile Corner, Director of Human Resources and other studio directors were also quickly named.
The allegations are numerous and all quite overwhelming. Forced kisses, inappropriate gestures, physical violence, obscene or hurtful remarks, the depicted surroundings seemed uninhabitable, all with the alleged complicity of the human resources department.
With this filing of the lawsuit, new details and additional evidence are expected to be released soon.