Activision Accused of Unlawful Termination of Employees Who Refused to Return to Office
Activision is facing accusations of illegally firing employees who refused to return to the office. The accusation was made by a former employee, who claimed that he and other testers were fired for opposing a decision to move their operations back into the office. The employee also alleged that Activision retaliated against them for speaking out about the decision.
According to the former employee, Activision had been working from home since the pandemic began. The company recently decided, however, to return its operations to the office. The employee said that many testers were not comfortable with this decision, as it would expose them to potential health risks. He also claimed that management retaliated against those who spoke out against the decision by cutting their hours, removing them from projects, and ultimately firing them.
The employee stated that the firings violated California's whistleblower protection laws, which prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who oppose unlawful practices. He also alleged that Activision was aware of the risk of legal action and tried to cover up the terminations by offering severance packages to those who agreed to leave without filing a lawsuit.
Activision has denied the allegations, stating that the terminations were unrelated to the employee's opposition to the return to the office. They claim that the firings were part of a normal staffing cycle and that no one was targeted for speaking out.
While Activision denies any wrongdoing, the situation is still being investigated. Regardless of the outcome, the case highlights the importance of protecting employees who speak up about potentially dangerous or unlawful practices. It also serves as a reminder that companies must take into account the safety and well-being of their workforce when making decisions.