After almost two months of public controversy following a workplace discrimination lawsuit, Activision-Blizzard has another lawsuit on its hands after the Communications Workers of America filed unfair labor charges against the company last week.
The lawsuit alleges the company has used coercive statements, rules, and actions against employees who have been organizing for better workplace conditions. According to the suit, the Activision-Blizzard leadership has “threatened employees that they cannot talk about or communicate about wages, hours and working conditions; told employees they cannot communicate with or discuss ongoing investigations of wages, hours and working conditions; maintained an overly broad social media policy; enforced the social media policy against employees who have engaged in protected concerted activity; threatened or disciplined employees on account of protected concerted activity; engaged in surveillance of employees engaged in protected concerted activity and engaged in interrogation of employees about protected concerted activity.”
So basically, while the company is starting to feel safe putting its name on its own marketing material again, the lawsuit alleges that much of that safety is coming from its intimidation of workers trying to make Activision-Blizzard a better place to work. Many of the employees are doing a lot of public organizing and speaking out through the social media movement #ABetterABK, which has both been publicly discussing the ongoing resistance they’re facing within the company to meet their calls for action, as well as ways that people on the outside can help in the meantime.
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In the wake of the initial lawsuit, Activision-Blizzard workers staged a walkout in protest of the company’s workplace culture, and have fought to have references to employees who have contributed to workplace discrimination and harassment removed from games like Overwatch and World of Warcraft.