Ubisoft SG faces investigation by TAFEP on sexual harassment & discrimination charges
Ubisoft, a French video game company's Singapore office is facing allegations over unfair practices at workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination and pay disparities. The said investigation is led by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices, Singapore. The French video game company is popular for its Assassin Creed game.
Kotaku, a gaming reviews portal, disseminated a detailed Ubisoft, Singapore investigation report dated July 22, 2021 on charges over sexual harassment and discrimination at workplace. The report also mentioned Ubisoft Singapore's former Managing Director, Hugues Ricour involvement.
Later on July 23, 2021, TAFEP received a lead anonymously along with evidentiary articles covering allegations on sexual harassment and discrimination at the said office.
According to the Fair Consideration Framework, by the Ministry of Manpower Singapore, employers cannot discriminate on the basis of gender, nationality, race and age. Severe penalties will be put to command, if the video game company is found guilty of violating any regulations enumerated in the framework. In such a scenario, Ubisoft could lose its license for a period of 1-2 years, to apply for new work, renewal of staff passes and passes for foreign staff.
A few former employees of Ubisoft revealed a toxic work culture at the company's Singapore Office, due to inefficient management by the Head. Ricour was later removed from the position of MD and shifted to handle production intelligence at company headquarters at Montreuil.
If the video game company is found guilty of any criminal offence during the investigation by the local police, the accused individuals might have to serve a penalty, undergo imprisonment and they might even be canned.
Considering the gravity of the circumstances, on July 29, 2021 more than 1000 former as well as working Ubisoft employees approached the management with an open letter. They called for support for a walkout at Activision Blizzard, to bring about significant changes concerning unfair work practices. Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO addressing the open letter, revealed his full support to acknowledge the issues and manifest an abiding positive change.
Addressing the situation at hand, Ubisoft Singapore Managing Director, Darryl Long mentioned that the company does not entertain discriminatory and biased practices on the basis of gender, age or race.
Long further pointed out involvement of a third party company to handle and manage complaints like these. He believes in bringing affirmative change in the workplace and discourages all sorts of discriminatory practices.
Long revealed that company's salary and compensation policies are ruled by the type of role, responsibility, market practices and performance. He further mentioned company's compulsory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training to bring significant change and a safe work place for all.