Company A quarter of Ubisoft employees report "bad behavior at work"
HARASSMENT The French video game publisher has launched an investigation after testimonies from several employees about acts of violence and sexual harassment
Published on 05/10/20 at 10:10 p.m.
- Updated 05/10/20 at 10:11 p.m.
The French video game publisher has been shaken this summer by a wave of accusations of violence and sexual harassment. Nowadays, a quarter of employees’
Ubisoft have been victims or witnesses of "bad behavior at work", according to the results of an investigation launched by the company after testimonies from several employees who then spoke up.
“The investigation showed that approximately 25 % of those interviewed have been victims or witnesses of some form of misconduct at work in the past two years ", reveals an internal letter signed by the CEO of the company Yves Guillemot, which AFP obtained a copy on Monday.
"The percentage of women who declared having been victims or witnesses of discrimination, of harassment or inappropriate behavior was on average 30 % superior to that of men. For non-gendered employees, he was about 43 % », he details.
Finally, 34 % of respondents who reported an incident did not feel supported by their management, according to this anonymous study in which nearly 14.000 employees out of a total workforce of some 19.000 collaborators, dont 22 % of women.
“Some investigations are still ongoing, and we will continue to investigate any new allegations raised through our whistleblower channels ”, affirms Yves Guillemot.
The company has launched several internal investigations since the first revelations and began to restructure its human resources department, accused of covering up certain toxic behaviors.
Since the emergence of the first testimonies at the end of June, several leaders of the group were pushed out or resigned, including number two in the Serge Hascoët group, who left his position as head of creation in mid-July.
The head of the Montreal studio has also left Ubisoft, followed some time later by the vice-president in charge of the editorial department of Ubisoft, Tommy Francois, cited in several testimonies published in the press as responsible for harassment and attempted sexual assault. The group's director of human resources has resigned from her post..
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