Quantic Dream successfully appeals against unfair dismissal lawsuit, denies reports of workplace toxicity
Accused studio releases assertion to ‘set the document straight’
Quantic Dream has successfully appealed against a 2018 ruling through which a former developer sued the studio for unfair dismissal. As dominated by the Paris Court of Appeals, the previous worker’s accusations have been dismissed. Furthermore, they’re now liable for paying “substantial damages” to Quantic Dream, reportedly within the area of €10,000 (roughly $12,000 USD).
The preliminary case went to courtroom amidst a slew of articles within the French press, exposing alleged poisonous habits, “bro culture”, sexism, and homophobia inside the Heavy Rain studio’s partitions. Specifically famous was the distribution of Photoshopped imagery that offered studio employees members merged with celebrities, engaged in sexualized conditions, or wearing Nazi regalia. The Court of Appeals, nevertheless, dominated that none of the photographs involving this particular plaintiff may very well be thought of homophobic, racist, or degrading towards them.
Furthermore, the courtroom dominated that the plaintiff not solely knew in regards to the photographs way back to 2015, however that they solely complained as soon as one other worker put ahead their very own report about it. The courtroom dominated that this late motion confirmed a level of “tacit acceptance” from the plaintiff of the photographs’ existence. It ought to be reiterated that the courtroom is not saying the photographs did not exist, nor that the plaintiff wasn’t featured in them, however that the courtroom does not imagine the plaintiff ought to be capable of declare that their unfair dismissal could be immediately associated to the photographs’ existence… Press X to side-eye.
Following the enchantment, Quantic Dream released a new statement denying the existence of any “toxic culture” in anyway on the studio. The assertion references a number of fits filed by workers against the studio, in addition to its personal in-house investigative survey, whereas stating that the Paris Court of Appeals’ rulings additional invalidates the 2018 press reports into Quantic Dream’s working surroundings.
“Quantic Dream reaffirms once again the values that the studio has always defended in its games and within the company, which are values of humanism, inclusiveness, and the right for individuals to express themselves uniquely. We will continue to defend them with the same passion and determination as always. Quantic Dream remains firmly committed to continuing to work with its employees to create a serene work environment conducive to the professional and personal development and fulfillment of everyone.”