Activision Blizzard is facing another complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that it is trying to prevent employees from speaking out about their working conditions, despite their legally protected rights to do so. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed an unfair labor complaint against the company, alleging that it told workers they “could not discuss issues related to the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by the state of California against the company,” according to a statement. union press release
According the complaint, an employee was threatened by a manager after posting an article about the lawsuit on Slack and discussing with other co-workers how to hold Activision Blizzard accountable. According to former Blizzard Senior Test Analyst Jessica Gonzalez, quoted in the CWA press release, the company has a “pattern of retaliation against workers who speak out,” which has grown stronger as the company faces more challenges. legal and complaints.
In July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued the company, saying female employees faced “constant sexual harassment” from co-workers and managers and were discriminated against when it came to promotions. there is since it’s been a blast of settlements, other lawsuits, employee actions and company changes, along with a scandal after California Governor Gavin Newsom it was accused of meddling in state lawsuit. But these are things that employees should be able to discuss with each other, as they can have a very real impact on both their work and personal lives.
This is not the first time CWA has claimed that Activision Blizzard flaunts employee rights. In September 2021, the union announced that he was filing charges with the NLRB, alleging that the company intimidated its workers and was involved in union busting. According to the complaint, the workers were not only told that they could not discuss their conditions, but were also monitored and questioned about your organizing activity.
Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to the edgecomment request.