Activision Blizzard has also hired a former Disney executive to improve the company’s commitment to “diversity” and “inclusivity.”
A new lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard, this time by its own employees, accusing the company of using intimidation and “coercive tactics” against efforts to improve working conditions.
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as reported Etiquette, ns court case It was filed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) – on behalf of Activision Blizzard employees as part of the “A Better ABK” collective, which is organizing for better working conditions. This includes openly discussing the pay discrepancy and willingness to end forced arbitration.
The new lawsuit, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, alleges that Activision Blizzard used “coercive tactics” to prevent employees from organizing, which would be in violation of federal labor laws. The allegations include company employees “they cannot talk or communicate about wages, hours and working conditions” and “they cannot communicate or discuss with ongoing investigations of wages, hours and working conditions”. are” included.
In partnership with CODE-CWA, we have filed an unfair labor practices lawsuit with the National Labor Relations Board: https://t.co/meGNFYcWJY
— AbetterABK (@ABetterABK) September 14, 2021
“If the NLRB rules in our favor, the decision will be retroactive and we will set a precedent that no activist in the US can be intimidated into talking about forced arbitration,” a spokesperson for the group wrote. Twitter.
“We are deeply inspired by the bravery of ABK activists, and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with activists fighting harassment, assault and discrimination,” CWA national organizing director Tom Smith said in a statement. Press release.
“The management could have responded with humility and was willing to take necessary steps to address the appalling conditions being faced by some ABK workers. Instead Activision Blizzard’s response to righteous activist activity was the surveillance, intimidation and hiring of notorious union busters. “
Since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, alleging widespread sexual harassment, discrimination and a “frat boy workplace culture,” the company has taken steps toward change, with several senior The departure of the staff members was witnessed. , including Blizzard’s head of human resources.
In a move the company is describing as a “more inclusive workplace,” Activision Blizzard also announced Hire Julie Hodges — Senior Vice President, Corporate HR and Compensation, Benefits and Talent Acquisition at The Walt Disney Company — as its new Chief People Officer.
“I can’t think of a better person to join our team and help lead our ongoing commitment to an inclusive workplace,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “Julie is the seasoned leader we need to make sure we are the most inspiring, equitable and exemplary entertainment company in the world.”
Hodges, who spent 32 years at Disney, said, “I share the company’s belief that a work environment should welcome all perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.”
“A workforce where everyone feels valued is critical to the success of our business, as is a trusting, engaging and safe environment that encourages creativity and innovation and in which all employees can thrive. requires a collective effort, and I look forward to making sure we support the diversity of our talents to bring our people together and continue to create amazing entertainment.”
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