Ubisoft Misconduct Investigation Follow-up

A story on Bloomberg by former Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier reveals further fallout at Ubisoft from the recent flurry of misconduct allegations. Word is two executives and other staff have been placed on leave pending investigations into their conduct. Here's word:
Ubisoft Entertainment SA, one of the world’s largest video-game publishers, placed two executives and several other employees on administrative leave as part of a corporate investigation into misconduct allegations made public over the last week, according to people familiar with the situation.

The two high-ranking employees under scrutiny are Tommy François and Maxime Béland, both vice presidents in the group overseeing development of Ubisoft’s games worldwide, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing personnel issues. Each man faced at least three claims of misconduct among a flurry of Twitter posts from named and anonymous accusers.

Neither François nor Béland responded to requests for comment. Stephanie Magnier, a spokeswoman for Ubisoft, wrote in an email: “These are under investigation, so we are not commenting further at this time.”
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Jun 27, 2020, 14:56
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Sociopathic executives at any company acting like sociopaths!? HR ignoring complaints until people went public? Never saw that coming.

I'm strangely comforted to see that particular brand of madness is not limited to US corporations, for some reason.

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Strider83 wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 22:28:
Wonderful! Let the modern day witch hunt commence! Let the anonymous accusations fly and let's ruin some lives and careers! I love 2020!

Indeed. These are nothing more than modern day witchhunts and drumhead trials all for appearance sake. So long as there's an executive class and everyone else are wage slaves it's just so much hot air.

'We care about our employees. So please don't misconstrue it because we treat them like virtual slaves and will fire them on the spot and destroy their lives for even the merest hint of impropriety. Impropriety being what ever is the political hot button for the moment.'

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Jun 27, 2020, 10:46
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Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 10:32:
Suckage wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 06:20:
They aren't all based in France, though. I'm not sure what Canadian rules are for this type of behaviour. I would imagine that they're similar enough to what you find in the USA?

Well, many US states have what is called "at-will employment." This means that you can be fired for any reason (your employer didn't like your new haircut, etc.), unless the reason for firing is prohibited by law (usually based on race, sex, religion, or some immutable characteristic so identified by the law). So, honestly, in the US, unless you are fired for a handful of legal reasons, pretty much anything goes.

And there are a lot of avg Joe's that like this idea, even though it doesn't benefit them. That's the kind of smart we are dealing with.
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Suckage wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 06:20:
They aren't all based in France, though. I'm not sure what Canadian rules are for this type of behaviour. I would imagine that they're similar enough to what you find in the USA?

Well, many US states have what is called "at-will employment." This means that you can be fired for any reason (your employer didn't like your new haircut, etc.), unless the reason for firing is prohibited by law (usually based on race, sex, religion, or some immutable characteristic so identified by the law). So, honestly, in the US, unless you are fired for a handful of legal reasons, pretty much anything goes.
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Jun 27, 2020, 08:57
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ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 00:08:
"One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women."

So a dude did something stupid that isnt related to the company?

This feels like a reach.

Not if the women are fans he's meeting in his official company capacity, such as at cons or through accounts that have his employer and position attached.

Otherwise, yeah.
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They aren't all based in France, though. I'm not sure what Canadian rules are for this type of behaviour. I would imagine that they're similar enough to what you find in the USA?
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Jun 27, 2020, 05:59
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drloser wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 03:04:
Sepharo wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 01:24:
Oh you can totally get fired for being an asshole. At least in my state.
Not in France.

Yup. That could entail a big media backlash for the company in France. Firing someone for doing something not illegal outside of work won't be easy. I am sure the dude's lawyer is rubbing his hands in anticipation.
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Jun 27, 2020, 05:27
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ShakaUVM wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 21:45:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 19:08:
I see a lot of buzzwords, virtue signaling and feel good talk.. but what happened and what exactly are they going to do about it?

One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women.

LoL. Thats a joke right? Tell me youre joking?
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Jun 27, 2020, 05:21
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ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 00:08:
"One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women."

So a dude did something stupid that isnt related to the company?

This feels like a reach.
Adultery runs the risk of blackmail. Blackmail targeting executives always turns into something bad for their workplace. Getting rid of executives committing adultery is thus a prudent course of action for any corporation.
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Sepharo wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 01:24:
Oh you can totally get fired for being an asshole. At least in my state.
Not in France.
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The Half Elf wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 23:31:
ShakaUVM wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 21:45:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 19:08:
I see a lot of buzzwords, virtue signaling and feel good talk.. but what happened and what exactly are they going to do about it?

One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women.

But is that misconduct, or just a guy being an asshole?

Oh you can totally get fired for being an asshole. At least in my state.
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Jun 27, 2020, 01:11
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ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 27, 2020, 00:08:
"One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women."

So a dude did something stupid that isnt related to the company?

This feels like a reach.

He's an executive, right? That's a position of power, meaning others will naturally be silent for fear of retribution. His behaviour is deceit and manipulation of coworkers, and that eats away at the corporate culture. The fact that there are multiple people under investigation means it's been going on for awhile.
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"One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women."

So a dude did something stupid that isnt related to the company?

This feels like a reach.
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The Half Elf wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 23:31:
ShakaUVM wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 21:45:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 19:08:
I see a lot of buzzwords, virtue signaling and feel good talk.. but what happened and what exactly are they going to do about it?

One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women.

But is that misconduct, or just a guy being an asshole?
Depends on what's in his ethics clause.
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ShakaUVM wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 21:45:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 19:08:
I see a lot of buzzwords, virtue signaling and feel good talk.. but what happened and what exactly are they going to do about it?

One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women.

But is that misconduct, or just a guy being an asshole?
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Jun 26, 2020, 23:29
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Strider83 wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 22:28:
Wonderful! Let the modern day witch hunt commence! Let the anonymous accusations fly and let's ruin some lives and careers! I love 2020!
I can just imagine what you would say as a boss or HR when a female employee comes to you with the accusations. "What you're accusing the male employee or boss is serious and can ruin a man's careers. Why don't you grow a thicker skin. He is just joking. You should realize boys will be boys. If you can't take it, you can quit to work somewhere else or be a stay at home mom. Words and actions only hurt if you let it."
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Jun 26, 2020, 23:09
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Strider83 wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 22:28:
Wonderful! Let the modern day witch hunt commence! Let the anonymous accusations fly and let's ruin some lives and careers! I love 2020!
Many of the accusers in this recent flurry are not anonymous at all. Not sure how that affects your narrative.
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Jun 26, 2020, 22:28
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Jun 26, 2020, 22:28
 
Wonderful! Let the modern day witch hunt commence! Let the anonymous accusations fly and let's ruin some lives and careers! I love 2020!
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Jun 26, 2020, 21:45
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ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 19:08:
I see a lot of buzzwords, virtue signaling and feel good talk.. but what happened and what exactly are they going to do about it?

One of their employees pretended to be single and dated several women.
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Jun 26, 2020, 20:40
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ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 26, 2020, 19:08:
I see a lot of buzzwords, virtue signaling and feel good talk.. but what happened and what exactly are they going to do about it?

Did you read past the title?
What happened:
"Each man faced at least three claims of misconduct among a flurry of Twitter posts from named and anonymous accusers."

What they're doing about it:
"placed two executives and several other employees on administrative leave as part of a corporate investigation into misconduct allegations"

Seems pretty clear that accusations were made, and employees put on administrative leave while the just-started investigation continues. Given those parameters, what else were you looking to know?
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