Back in July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for numerous alleged violations. After a two-year investigation, the state accused the publishing giant of cultivating in a “frat boy environment” with horrific results. The company has allegedly discriminated against women in their hiring practices and pay, tolerated and protected sexual harassment and assault, and much more. Since then, the situation has continued to escalate, and employees are now accusing Activision of intimidation and union-busting.
Intimidation and union-busting
Activision Blizzard responded to the initial lawsuit by issuing a public statement and an internal memo to employees, both downplaying the situation. They also hired law firm WilmerHale, a team with a reputation for union-busting. This led to thousands of employees signing a letter condemning the company’s actions, followed by an organized walk-out. Later, the state expanded the lawsuit, accusing the company’s HR department of shredding evidence.
On September 10, frustrated employees to another step by filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They allege that Activision Blizzard has been surveilling employees, interrogating them, making threats, and promising benefits all as a way to stop employees from unionizing. Activision employees are not currently part of a union, but they have formed an advocacy group called A Better ABK, and they are supported in their efforts by the Communications Workers of America.