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Activision illegally threatened its employees over social media policy

Activision illegally threatened its employees over social media policy

Activision Blizzard, the controversial American video game publishing company, illegally threatened its staff in the enforcement of a new social media policy, which reportedly conflicted with workers’ rights.

In an official statement, a spokesperson for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stated that unless Activision settles, the regional director in Los Angeles will issue a complaint.

According to reports, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been investigating allegations brought by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) labor union.

The announcement was apparently made on the same day that Activision employees at a Wisconsin studio, which works on the popular "Call of Duty" franchise. also voted to join the CWA.

Recently, the union had been increasingly focusing on the organization workers that are not in the union across the video game and tech industries.

On its part, Activision Blizzard has stated that the allegations brought up against it are false.

Supposedly, while denying the allegations, a company spokesperson stated that employees can and do discuss these workplace issues freely, without fear of retaliation, emphasizing that the company’s social media policy complies with workers’ NLRA rights.

The spokesperson further added that the company’s social media policy clearly states that it does not restrict or impede employees from engaging in communication that conveys information protected by law, which also includes the rights reserved by the National Labor Relations Act for the employees of the United States.

Over the past few months, Activision Blizzard's employees have come together and taken action to try and influence the company's future. This also included an instance where employees staged a walkout and distributed a petition that called for Bobby Kotick, the company’s Chief Executive, to be removed. in January, Microsoft Corp had announced plans to acquire the video game developer for $69 billion, with cleaning up the latter’s culture hailed as the biggest challenge it would post the deal.

In addition to its labor problems, Activision Blizzard has also been accused of widespread discrimination against its female employees by a California civil rights agency. In response, the firm denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the agency did not investigate discrimination complaints thoroughly before of filing the lawsuit.

The studio has previously faced similar claims, which were brought to the court by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which it resolved for $18 million in March.

Source credit: https://www.reuters.com/technology/videogame-publisher-activision-illegally-threatened-staff-us-agency-says-2022-05-23/

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