CODE-CWA sues Activision Blizzard for unfair labor practices. The suit claims that the company has been engaging in intimidating and coercive behaviour.
Activision Blizzard’s legal woes seem to keep on growing. It all began when California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) had filed a lawsuit against the company against their “frat boy” like work culture. The lawsuit accuses the company and several of their top level executives for perpetrating and enabling the persistence of discrimination in their workplace, against their female employees, both former and present.
The CODE-CWA also known as the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees has now filed a suit against the company with the National Labor Relations Board, for unfair labor practices. The lawsuit alleges that Activision Blizzard has been practicing intimidation and coercion tactics as its employees are fighting to openly discuss the discrepancies in their pay. The company has also been alleged to express its desire to end the forced arbitration.
The suit has been filed by CODE-CWA on behalf of A Better ABK, a group formed by employees of the company to attempt to bring changes and improve the current working condition at the company.
Activision Blizzard Gets Sued By CODE-CWA For Labor Violations
Following the lawsuit by DFEH, the employees had staged a walkout in protest against the malpractices at the company. A Better ABK was formed around the same time. But it reflects the ongoing and the longer-term struggles of the employees at Activision Blizzard, one of the USA’s largest video games publishers.
A Better ABK had amongst its list of demands included “an end to mandatory arbitration clauses in all employee contracts, current and future”. The suit filed on September 10, 2021, accuses the company of engaging in ‘coercive’ tactics in its attempt to thwart the endeavours of A Better ABK.
One of the A Better ABK spokesperson wrote about the lawsuit on Twitter, “If the NLRB rules in our favor, the ruling will be retroactive and we will set a precedent that no worker in the US can be intimidated out of talking about forced arbitration”. So far, at the time of writing this article, the company has chosen not to respond or comment on the fresh accusations that have been levelled against them.
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