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Singapore watchdog Tafep not taking motion on Ubisoft after sexual harassment probe

Singapore watchdog Tafep not taking motion on Ubisoft after sexual harassment probe

SINGAPORE – The nationwide watchdog for truthful employment practices won’t be taking any motion towards the Singapore workplace of French online game developer Ubisoft after finishing a probe into claims of sexual harassment and office discrimination on the studio.

The Tripartite Alliance for Honest and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) defined in a press release on Thursday (Jan 27) that the corporate, which has labored on the famed Murderer’s Creed video games, had dealt with the office harassment studies that it acquired appropriately.

Tafep added that Ubisoft Singapore has a structured course of to remunerate its staff pretty, which doesn’t drawback Singaporeans based mostly on nationality or race.

The sport studio was probed by the watchdog in July final 12 months following nameless suggestions on studies earlier that month by online game information websites like Kotaku.

Kotaku’s report alleged sexual harassment and office discrimination at Ubisoft Singapore, based mostly on interviews with greater than 20 present and former staff of the studio.

The report additionally stated the corporate’s former managing director, Mr Hugues Ricour, was accused of harassing a feminine colleague.

Mr Ricour, who assumed the function in 2018, was now not studio head of Ubisoft Singapore after a “management audit”, Kotaku reported in November 2020, citing an inner firm e-mail.

The corporate confirmed that he would stay in Ubisoft however was leaving the Singapore studio. His LinkedIn web page reveals that he’s now working in Ubisoft’s Paris workplace and has been there since March 2021.

Tafep stated on Thursday that following Ubisoft’s investigations into Mr Ricour for office harassment, “the corporate demoted the perpetrator to a single contributor function, eliminated him from the Singapore workplace, and served him with a last written warning”.

The watchdog stated this was one instance wherein the sport firm had taken acceptable motion towards perpetrators for office harassment studies discovered to be true, including that the studio had investigated each report it acquired.

Tafep stated some actions Ubisoft took for previous instances included written or verbal warnings and demotion. Preparations had been additionally made to minimise future work interactions between the perpetrators and the harassed employees, the place related.

“The corporate has a structured system to handle office harassment, together with hiring unbiased third events to conduct investigations, and offering a confidential reporting platform for workers,” stated the watchdog.

It added that the present managing director of Ubisoft Singapore, Mr Darryl Lengthy, additionally took the problems raised within the media studies significantly, and has met greater than 150 staff to this point to grasp their considerations and tackle them.

The corporate has about 500 staff right here.

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