Developer Quantic Dream has been busy this year releasing games like Detroit: Become Human on PC, but now Mediapart reports (thanks, PC Gamer) that there's been a development regarding last year's allegations of sexism and inappropriate behaviour at the studio.
In one case regarding "homophobic, misogynistic, racist or deeply vulgar" images shared among the studio, Quantic Dream has been ordered to pay a former IT manager €5000, as well as an additional €2000 for legal costs.
This decision wasn't related to the content, however, but the breach of security resulting from the images becoming public after they were shared.
Quantic Dream didn't portray this as a loss as such, according to their statement on the matter, and they add that no appeal will be filed.
"The judge rejected all of the ex-employee's principal requests, deeming very clearly that the 'Super Nanny' image did not justify their claim and that there was no deterioration of their working conditions in the company. The judge further ruled that company management reacted appropriately, by taking all necessary measures on the day of the incident in question," Quantic Dream said in a Twitter statement.
The "principal request" cited above refers to the employee's desire to have the resignation reclassified as unlawful dismissal, which would have given them extra compensation for unemployment.
"The ex-employee only obtained compensation of €5000 (plus €2000 in costs) in respect of a 'security obligation': Although these images were created outside of regular office hours and no complaints were made, the company should have anticipated the possibility of said images getting out of control, since they were created on company premises."
Elsewhere in the report we find out that the employee will ask for judgment on another photo too, and that a hearing for the studio's lawsuit against Mediapart and Le Monde should be happening on December 5 and 6.
We will keep you updated as things develop.
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