Nintendo employee files workers' rights complaint with NLRB

A new complaint alleges that Nintendo interfered with a worker's attempt to unionize.


Nintendo is now the latest company to be the subject of a worker’s right complaint. An anonymous employee has filed a complaint against the major developer, as well as contracting company Aston Carter, to the National Labor Relations Board. In the complaint, the employee accuses the parties of coercive statements, coercive actions, and concerted activities.

The employee complaint to the NLRB can be found on the organization’s official website, which we learned through Axios’ report. The claim alleges that Nintendo and Aston Carter interfered with a worker’s right to attempt to unionize through concerted activities and coercive actions. Though the filing doesn’t go into specifics, it states that the companies’ activities included retaliation, threats, and surveillance, among other things.

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The complaint was filed in Washington state, the US home of Nintendo. This news makes Nintendo the latest video game industry titan to come under fire for allegations of workers’ rights violations, with companies like Activision Blizzard seeing similar issues on a massive scale. As the movement to unionize within the video games industry grows, instances of interference continue to pop up among the major players.

With the nature of the complaint, it’s currently unknown exactly what went down between the anonymous employee, Nintendo, and Aston Carter, but the filing indicates that there were measures taken to thwart the attempt to unionize. That said, we’ll have our ear to the ground for future details as they become available.

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    April 19, 2022 2:40 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Nintendo employee files workers' rights complaint with NLRB

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      April 20, 2022 5:29 AM

      Just a comment, it would help to identify Nintendo as Nintendo of America, or other designation, so we know the story is centered around the US and not Nintendo Japan. I know that may seem silly, but Nintendo has a lot of news out of Japan these days, the world is really getting smaller - which in an odd way I feel the war is influencing this, and labor news is becoming a world thing not just for the US. No biggie, and you eventually mention Washington state later in the article. Just a thought.

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