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Nintendo of America receives labor complaints for alleged NLRA violations

Update: Nintendo says it isn't aware of any unionization attempts and intends to cooperate with the investigation

Original story, April 19, 2022: Last Friday, a labor complaint was filed against Nintendo of America, which alleges that it had violated the National Labor Relations Act.

As reported by Axios, a contractor's case states that the publisher and hiring company Aston Carter were involved in actions such as threats, retaliation, and surveillance.

The suit was filed in Washington, the same state in which Nintendo of America operates.

The NLRA labor law states, "The NLRA protects workplace democracy by providing employees at private-sector workplaces the fundamental right to seek better working conditions and designation of representation without fear of retaliation."

The case listing of allegations against Nintendo of America and Aston Carter include:

  • Discharge (including layoff and refusal to hire)
  • Coercive statements (threats, promises of benefits, etc)
  • Concerted activities (retaliation, discharge, discipline)
  • Coercive actions (surveillance, etc)

GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Nintendo of America for comment.

Update, April 21, 2022: Nintendo provided a statement regarding the labor complaint.

"We are aware of the claim, which was filed with the National Labor Relations Board by a contractor who was previously terminated for the disclosure of confidential information and for no other reason.

Nintendo is not aware of any attempts to unionize or related activity and intends to cooperate with the investigation conducted by the NLRB."

The statement continues, "Nintendo is fully committed to providing a welcoming and supportive work environment for all our employees and contractors. We take matters of employment very seriously."

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