- Oct 26, 2017
Statement from Unity:Anne Evans, a former vice president in human resources at Unity Technologies, has filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against game engine maker Unity Technologies. Her allegations allege sexual harassment by CEO John Riccitiello.
In the lawsuit, Evans alleged that Unity had a “highly sexualized” workplace where executives talked openly about their sexual conquests. On top of that, Evans alleged that Riccitiello solicited her for sex on multiple occasions. Riccitiello has not yet responded to a request for comment.
More details here.Unity intends to vigorously defend against the false allegations asserted by Anne Evans. Following a third-party investigation that surfaced facts that Evans engaged in serious misconduct and established multiple instances in which she demonstrated a gross lapse in judgment, Unity terminated her employment. This was an undesirable outcome for Evans, and we had been working with her on the details of her departure when she filed a public lawsuit that includes false and damaging claims against the company, our CEO and a number of our employees. Before and throughout the investigation, Evans had multiple opportunities to share her concerns about her experiences at the company through confidential and objective mechanisms, yet never did. We take these issues seriously at Unity, just as we did when we learned about concerns involving Evans. We do not tolerate harassment, and we have policies in place to address relationships in the workplace.
Hard to know for sure where exactly the truth lies between these two contradictory versions of events, but hopefully the lawsuit will result in justice being served.
Tech Crunch has a number of quotes from the lawsuit, like the opening paragraph.
Unity Technologies, the multibillion-dollar gaming engine, is facing a lawsuit from its former VP of global talent acquisition, Anne Evans, who accuses CEO John Riccitiello of sexual harassment. The sexual harassment allegedly took many forms — ranging from making sexist jokes to propositioning her and other employees for sex, to making references to his erect penis and saying, “I want to fuck you. I want to throw you down on the bed and fuck you.”