The Paris Council have issued a strongly worded document titled ‘On the toxic corporate culture of Quantic Dream’. It repeats recent allegations of harassment, the existence of a “large numbers of sexist, homophobic, racists and anti-Semites photomontages”, and “extremely questionable” termination procedures that are “contrary to labour law.”
If you’re wondering why the council are wading in, it’s because the city has helped fund some of Quantic Dream’s projects and also it also receives a generous tax credit. The Paris Council are, quite rightly, wanting to know how their money is being spent.
Quantic Dream posted another statement a few days ago which denied any wrong doing and blamed a smear campaign.
Since January 14, 2018, Quantic Dream has been the subject of a veritable smear campaign by a few media outlets, based on slanderous remarks whose reliability and origin of the sources raise questions.
We categorically refute the allegations against the studio, its employees, its leaders. We hope that these unfounded attacks and the propagation of completely erroneous information resulting from it will cease in order to protect our employees.
We reiterate that, to date, we have not heard of any complaints of harassment and discrimination.
We confirm that two employees who entered the Industrial Court in 2017 were dismissed of all their claims by judgment on 19.01.2018 and that a third judgment in this case is in dispute.
Several other legal actions are also underway to defend the reputation of our studio and to save the jobs of a French SME in the forefront in its field. We are confident in justice and hope that it can be decided quickly, in a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
It’s hard to tell if the images are poor taste jokes which two former employees are using as fuel to slander the company, or if there really is a problem at the studio.