Unity names new human resources chief in wake of harassment suit

Unity names new human resources chief in wake of harassment suit

Unity Technologies has appointed a new human resources manager in the wake sexual harassment trial. Scott Pitasky, former Microsoft and Amazon executive, will be the new San Francisco-based director of human resources for Unity, maker of the popular Unit game development engine. John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity, was previously CPO. Former CEO Elizabeth Brown left the company in the fall of 2019.

The lawsuit dates back to June 2019, when Anne Evans, former vice president of talent acquisition, alleged that Unity had a “highly sexualized” workplace where leaders spoke openly about their sexual conquests. In addition to this, Evans alleged that Riccitiello had asked her for sex on several occasions. She sued, and the case was pending before the court, the last time I checked.

Unity said at the time of trial that Evans’ allegations were false, and the company does not tolerate harassment. Evans did not respond to a request for comment. I asked Unity about the wake of the lawsuit, but the company declined to comment.

In the sexual harassment and unfair dismissal trial, Evans noted that Riccitiello had a romantic relationship with Brown (who was Evans’ boss), and Unity said counsel had been informed of the relationship. Unity said it fired Evans for actions related to its own dispute with another employee who worked for it. Evans said the layoff was a reprisal for his allegations of harassment.

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The arrival of Pitasky, who has two decades of experience in human resources, means that the company has put part of this chain of events behind it. He will report to Riccitiello.

Pitasky previously held HR positions at Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks. Riccitiello said in a statement that Unity has found a leader with experience in growing large scale global companies and teams that fit the Unity culture. Riccitiello said the company is moving to a new chapter where it puts its people and culture first.

Before joining Unity, Pitasky was vice president of human resources for Amazon’s largest company, the global consumer industry. This role was Pitasky’s second stint at Amazon – the first in 1999, where he helped grow the business from 800 employees to 8,000.

Unity has more than 1,400 people in its research and development group.

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