Activision Blizzard employees and the Communication Workers of America union filed an unfair labor practices lawsuit against the company, The Washington Post reports, alleging the Call of Duty and Diablo developer engaged in a campaign of coercion and intimidation to prevent workers from unionizing.
The suit also cites Activision Blizzard's choice of WilmerHale to investigate earlier claims of harassment and discrimination as part of that campaign.
The suit, which employees and the CWA filed with the state of California and the National Labor Relations Board, alleges Activision Blizzard interrogated workers, deployed surveillance to monitor potential organizing activities, and used threats and the promise of benefits to keep employees from forming a union.
Activision Blizzard Employees Sue Company for Unfair Labor Practices
"Management could have responded with humility and a willingness to take necessary steps to address the horrid conditions some [Activision Blizzard] workers have faced," CWA organizing director Tom Smith told the Post. "Instead Activision Blizzard’s response to righteous worker activity was surveillance, intimidation and hiring notorious union busters."
The "union buster" law firm in question prides itself on anti-union activities and providing positive results to corporate management.
The company's own investors sued for misleading them about the nature of Activision Blizzard's internal stability after the discrimination suit, and the SOC Investment Group - an organization dedicated to holding "corporations and their leadership accountable for irresponsible and unethical corporate behavior" - officially condemned the choice of WilmerHale and lack of any visible efforts to address worker complaints.