Nintendo is now on the receiving end of a second worker complaint following one filed back in April claiming the company was interfering with employee attempts to organize, this time claiming the Super Mario company has established “coercive rules” and retaliated against a worker engaging in protected activity.
Axios caught wind of the complaint, which has been filed earlier this week, but public details are limited at this time. Like the previous complaint, the filing is against both Nintendo and contracting firm Aston Carter, which primarily recruits customer service and administrative workers for Nintendo. After the original complaint in April, several people who had worked at Nintendo came forward for larger reports on working conditions within the company, especially those who had been hired on a contract basis. However, the company denied claims that it fired a worker for asking about unionization in a statement to Fanbyte back in April, which read as follows:
We are aware of the claim, which was filed with the National Labor Relations Board by a contractor who was previously terminated for the disclosure of confidential information and for no other reason. Nintendo is not aware of any attempts to unionize or related activity and intends to cooperate with the investigation conducted by the NLRB. Nintendo is fully committed to providing a welcoming and supportive work environment for all our employees and contractors. We take matters of employment very seriously.
We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment on the new worker complaint, and will update the story if we hear back.
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Unionization efforts in the video game industry have become a major topic over the past year or so. Raven Software’s QA workers unionized back in January, but have also been dealing with Activision Blizzard’s union busting tactics.
Update: Kotaku has received a redacted copy of the complaint, which claims Nintendo fired an employee for speaking out against the working conditions at the company, as well as not allowing workers to discuss their wages, working hours, and “other terms or conditions of employment.”
The text description in the copy Kotaku received reads as follows:
8(a)(1) Within the previous six months, the Employer discharged an employee(s) because the employee(s) engaged in protected concerted activities by, inter alia, protesting terms and conditions of employment and in order to discourage employees from engaging in protected concerted activities.
8(a)(1) Within the previous six-months, the Employer has interfered with, restrained, and coerced its employees in the exercise of rights protected by Section 7 of the Act by maintaining work rules that prohibit employees from discussing wages, hours, or other terms or conditions of employment.