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Unjust Surveillance: NLRB Ruling Confirms Activision Blizzard Illegally Monitored Employees During Walkout

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has just announced that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) thinks their complaints against Activision Blizzard have some truth. Last year in July, workers of the game developer protested because they thought there was inequality with gender, plus Activision Blizzard wanted to get rid of the union and reverse Roe v. Wade. The CWA is saying that while doing this, Activision Blizzard may have illegally watched the protesting workers.

After an investigation, the NLRB found that a certain company broke labor laws because it used managers and security staff to keep watch on workers who were having a walkout. The CWA (a union) also accused the company of blocking workers’ access to an internal chatroom where they could talk about their pay, hours, and work conditions. The NLRB however dismissed one charge claiming that the company blocked people’s access when they had an all-hands meeting. According to IGN, Activision Blizzard’s head administrative guy said that he had to turn off chats for future meetings because some people used it as an opportunity to badmouth other employees.

The people at the National Labor Relations Board said that if Blizzard does not agree to a settlement, they will take legal action against them.

In 2021, the state of California sued Activision Blizzard, a game developer company, after they found out that the company was treating female employees unfairly. After the two year investigation by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, more problems have surfaced. The company is now being accused of not allowing their workers to talk about their working conditions, and also threatening them if they tried to join a union. Although Activision Blizzard denied these accusations, they are still facing an official complaint with the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board).

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