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The Activision Blizzard scandal continues in the midst of negotiations for its sale to Microsoft. Now the National Labor Relations Board of the United States (NLRB, for its acronym in English) denounced the study for various practices that further affected its employees.
According to the details, the studio tried to silence its workers and threatened them not to talk about the various lawsuits it faces. Likewise, he tried not to discuss his working conditions, one of the main problems that afflicts developers.
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The complaint was made as the company prohibited its employees from talking about problems that have existed for years and are now finally public. Specifically, they were prevented from discussing sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
Apparently, it all started when an employee published an article about the lawsuit internally and various workers decided to speak up about it. The Communications Workers of America union and Jessica González, a former employee of the study, argue that there is a “pattern of retaliation against workers who speak out.”
This unfortunate practice is said to have been gradually reinforced as more information and complaints about the case come to light. Meanwhile, Bobby Kotick, the studio’s current CEO, said this week that they continue to work to be a “welcoming, respectful and inclusive workplace.”
At the time of this writing, Activision Blizzard has not commented on this new controversy that further tarnishes the reputation of the studio and the people in charge. It’s unclear if a company spokesperson will comment.
The purchase of Activision Blizzard is expected to close no later than Microsoft’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. The studio’s shareholders have already approved the deal, so there is a lengthy regulatory process to close the deal.
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