Activision Blizzard employees are suing the company for unfair labor practices
By Bob Garcia
Ongoing frustrations are culminating in a legal attack against the video game company
The controversy and drama within Activision Blizzard’s labor environment have not yet ceased, as the company is now being sued by its own employees and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a major media union, for unfair labor practices. They are accusing the popular video game studio of union-busting and worker intimidation. According to the union, Activision is using coercive tactics to prevent employees from unionizing at all costs. It seems that this has not been a favorable year for the company, which has also recently been accused of having a sexist work environment, with many female employees allegedly constantly harassed by their own co-workers.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) had been investigating the company for allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. This even led to several Activision executives being forced to resign, and the controversy surrounding the company continues to be in the news every day. As if that weren’t enough, in August, the company was also sued by a group of shareholders who alleged that Activision had violated federal securities laws.
“Management could have responded with humility and a willingness to take necessary steps to address the horrid conditions some [Activision Blizzard] workers have faced. Instead, Activision Blizzard’s response to righteous worker activity was surveillance, intimidation, and hiring notorious union-busters,” said CWA organizing director Tom Smith in a statement.
The lawsuit by employees and the CWA union was filed with the National Labor Relations Board in California. It alleges that the company acted coercively to keep unionization from becoming a reality, using tactics such as interrogation, surveillance, promises of benefits, and even threats to its own employees. So far, none of the parties involved in this lawsuit have commented on the matter.