Former Quantic Dream Worker Wins Unfair Dismissal Case
The Paris Court docket of Attraction dominated in favor of a former Quantic Dream worker who claimed unfair dismissal from the corporate in 2017 after she had reported that inappropriate photoshopped pictures of workers had been circulated inside Quantic Dream. Quantic Dream had initially dismissed the worker for gross misconduct however later reclassified it as a dismissal for a severe trigger throughout a 2018 trial. Quantic Dream misplaced that trial, and the ex-employee in query petitioned for unfair dismissal.
Because of the work of the French employees union Solidaires Informatique—which has beforehand offered authorized assist for workers affected by discrimination at Ubisoft—the ex-Quantic Dream worker gained the unfair dismissal case on October 6, 2021. The case describes a reasonably harrowing story of abuse and sexual harassment at Quantic Dream, which first got here to gentle again in January 2018. Sources detailed how studio founder David Cage demanded lengthy hours from workers, in addition to his historical past of homophobic and racist remarks. Founders David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière lately gained a libel case personally in opposition to a French publication for reporting on the matter, however the two instances filed beneath Quantic Dream had been each unsuccessful.
Within the case of misconduct in query, an worker consultant circulated degrading pictures of workers inside the firm, which ultimately leaked. One instance was a picture of an worker with the caption “All girls are born equal however the most effective ones turn into accountants,” however with the phrase “accountants” crossed out and changed with “whore.” That very same worker consultant later instructed the ex-employee to signal a type stating that the “art work” didn’t offend her, which she refused.
A number of weeks later, the worker was known as in for an analysis. The worker consultant accused her of aggressive conduct and office error—particularly, scanning paperwork regarding the dismissal of Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière. Nonetheless, the court docket denied the claims stating that the ex-employee’s actions had been justified as they had been a administration assistant, whose job is to—shock, shock—copy paperwork and accounting data.
The ex-employee had this to say in regards to the ruling:
After years of proceedings, complaints, authorized harassment, lastly a call that restores the details. I’m relieved and proud to have held my floor in opposition to an angle that could possibly be described as disloyal, dishonest and intimidating. No one is above the legislation. Good luck and be at peace together with your conscience. Right here all the pieces is healthier. Yours sincerely.
The video video games trade continues to endure a robust motion of employees’ rights as workers at assorted firms battle again in opposition to discrimination and harassments.
[Source: Solidaires Informatique]