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Activision Blizzard has been hit with yet another lawsuit. ABetterABK, a group of Activision employees campaigning for a better work environment, have partnered with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to file a new lawsuit over unfair labor practices.
This new suit, which alleges Activision Blizzard has violated numerous federal labor laws through union busting and intimidation, is entirely separate to the earlier harassment lawsuit filed by the state of California.
In a CWA press release, the union claims that Activision Blizzard management has actively worked against employee's efforts to organise by "using coercive tactics to attempt to prevent its employees from exercising their rights to stand together and demand a more equitable, sustainable, and diverse workplace."
The suit also accuses Activision Blizzard of having "threatened" employees, telling them they can't talk to each other about things like "wages, hours, and working conditions". It's also alleged that the company "engaged in surveillance of employees engaged in protected concerted activity (organised groups such as unions) and engaged in interrogation of employees about protected concerted activity".
You'll remember Activision Blizzard workers really began efforts to fight for better working conditions in earnest after the aforementioned July lawsuit which accused the company of a "pervasive frat boy workplace culture".
On Twitter, ABetterABK explained that if a judge rules in favour of this new suit, it will establish legal precedent to stop workers from being "intimidated out of talking about forced arbitration."
Forced arbitration, for those who are unaware, is a contract clause which demands certain disputes be settled behind closed doors. Naturally, this can often be used to intimidate employees and take away their power. As such, a favourable ruling could have major ramifications going forward.
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