Activision Blizzard faces further legal action as employees organized under ABetterABK have partnered with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to file new proceedings over unfair labor practices. The proceedings accuse Activision Blizzard of violating federal labor law through intimidation and union crushing.
In a press release from CWA, the union exercised the right of Activision Blizzard management to “use coercive tactics to allow employees to stand together and demand greater fairness, sustainability and diversity. We are retaliating against the efforts of our employees to organize by trying to prevent them from doing so. ” workplace. “Activision Blizzard workers have begun advocating better working conditions following a lawsuit filed in July by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for” a prevalent flatboy work culture. “
Employees went on strike the week after the submission of the DFEH and requested in an open letter “an official statement recognizing the seriousness of these allegations and showing compassion for the victims.” A representative of ABetterABK said the favorable ruling in the new proceedings would set a legal precedent to prevent employees from being “afraid to talk about forced arbitration.”
If the NLRB decides in our favor, the decision applies retroactively and sets a precedent that US workers cannot be afraid to talk about forced arbitration.
— ABetterABK (@ABetterABK) September 14, 2021
Activision Blizzard addressed sexual harassment, sexism and racism claims in a statement by CEO Bobby Kotick. In the same answer, Activision Blizzard acknowledged a partnership with Wilmer Hale, a law firm hired to prevent employees from uniting on Amazon. The SOC Investment Group, which holds a stake in Activision Blizzard, has criticized Wilmer Hale for responding to allegations and partnerships.
The California DFEH proceeding has been amended since the first proceeding. The new scope of the proceedings includes temporary and contract workers employed by Activision Blizzard. This allows for testimony from workers not mentioned in the original document. DFEH also claims that Activision Blizzard did not cooperate with the investigation, leading to the destruction of relevant documents submitted to HR personnel.
The response of executives to the proceedings has been totally criticized. Chief Compliance Officer Francis Townsend recently resigned as executive sponsor of the Activision Blizzard Women’s Network after blocking employees on Twitter for criticizing a tweet sharing an article on the “whistleblower issue.” Did.
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