French union files complaint against Ubisoft

The filing names several current and former Ubisoft employees

Solidaires Informatique, a French worker union, announced today that it has filed a complaint against Ubisoft.

The complaint, filed by Solidaires Informatique yesterday, alleges Ubisoft of institutional sexual harassment. In a translation of a statement provided to Kotaku, the complaint targets Ubisoft as a legal entity 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.”

When reached for comment, an Ubisoft spokesperson told Destructoid, “We do not have further details regarding the claim field against Ubisoft.” They also directed us to a letter written by CEO Yves Guillemot about efforts to address allegations brought against the company.

Solidaires Informatique had previously announced it was working on a collective action, putting out an open call for Ubisoft staff members as well as organizations who wished to help.

The complaint names a number of current and former Ubisoft employees, including former chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, former exec Tommy François, head of HR Cécile Cornet, and current CEO Yves Guillemot. Both Hascoët and François left the company amid reports of a toxic internal culture last summer, and Cornet stepped down from her role. (GamesIndustry.biz reports that her LinkedIn profile suggests she’s parted ways with the company.)

Earlier this year, Guillemot penned a letter detailing the company’s response to allegations of misconduct. But a recent Bloomberg report spotlighted that Ubisoft employees have been reportedly dissatisfied with the company’s response to allegations.

Eric Van Allen