Quantic Dream is now probably revising their employee manuals today after a former employee just won a court case against them. While the word got out about their toxic work environment, the company were actually in the middle of a lawsuit with a former employee, about that very environment.
According to Eurogamer, the Paris-based developer allowed a situation in which the employee’s face was photoshopped onto the bodies of Nazi soldiers and porn stars and then circulated throughout the office with no publishment. The case revolved around a specific French law called prise d’acte, where an employee leaves the company and all their benefits behind but can have a court examine the situation to determine unlawful termination.
The company acted shocked at the time, but later would see those accusations made public by other employees on Twitter, and even went so far as to sue media outlets who covered the story. After today’s win by the former employee, the company will be in a very interesting position. First, the employee can now seek out a wrongful termination case and receive all the benefits from said company for unemployment. This also means other employees may now have an open door for them to take the company to court and seek a similar ruling if they have been subject to the same harassment.
Quantic Dream does have the ability to appeal, but no word yet if they’ll do that.