Following allegations and reports of creating or embedding a toxic workplace culture, Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream has lost a court case against a former employee.
The employee, who quit their job at the studio after citing a hostile work environment due to offensive images that were circulating the office depicting fellow coworkers photoshopped on likenesses of Nazis and naked porn stars, petitioned for unfair dismissal in order to receive a financial settlement and unemployment benefits.
Quantic Dream can appeal the decision, but a ruling on behalf of the employee definitely seems to corroborate at least some of the allegations leveled against the developer.
This court case follows reports in January from three separate French journalism outlets—Le Monde, Canard PC, and Mediapart—that detailed ignored sexist and racist behaviors from Quantic Dream staff, as well as inappropriate behavior and ridiculous work-related demands from CEOs David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière. The two studio heads vehemently denied the allegations—calling them “ridiculous, absurd, and grotesque”—when they originally surfaced, then went on to sue the journalists that originally released the reports. Those lawsuits are still pending.
“You want to talk about homophobia?” Cage said in response to allegations. “I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA… Judge me by my work.”
Meanwhile, Page previously explored taking legal action against Quantic Dream after the developer rendered a nude model of her character from Beyond: Two Souls without her permission.
An independent labor court decided this most recent wrongful dismissal case. Two other former employees previously sued Quantic Dream for unfair dismissal, though both lost their cases. One, however, is appealing the decision, and this most recent decision might help their case gain traction.