Nintendo settles labor dispute with game tester over unions
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・Nintendo of America, along with its partner staffing firm Ashton Carter, has reached a settlement with former game tester Mackenzie Clifton over a labor dispute.
・As part of the settlement, Clifton will receive $26,000 in unpaid wages and damages, according to documents filed with the National Labor Relations Commission.
The settlement resolves the first of two labor lawsuits filed this year against Nintendo and a staffing agency for alleged violations of workers’ organizing rights.
・Clifton, Nintendo of America and attorneys for staffing firm Aston Carter signed a settlement seeking $25,000 in salary and interest and $1,000 in damages.
・In April, Clifton filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that he was fired after asking Nintendo of America management questions about labor unions.
・Nintendo claimed Clifton was fired for revealing confidential informationHowever, the tweet cited as the reason for dismissal did not mention the name of the new game.An unidentified game was temporarily displayed in red due to a glitchwas
Nintendo and Aston Carter will be required to post notices regarding workers’ federally protected rights at the entrances of their product testing departments for 60 days.
・The notice states that workers have the right to “form, join or support unions.”
“Nintendo appreciates that the resolution of the NLRB issue allows us to continue our focus on ensuring a welcoming and supportive work environment for all employees and employees,” Nintendo said in a statement.
・The second half of the statement emphasizes the duty of Nintendo employees to “not disclose Nintendo’s confidential business information and trade secrets.” He did not mention the reason why Clifton’s tweet was judged to be grounds for dismissal.
・Mr. CliftonSettlement with Nintendo was a success“The original purpose of my accusation was to show my colleagues at Nintendo of America what their rights are and what happens when they are exercised,” he told Axios.
・In recent years, game company workers have often spoken out about unstable contracts, low wages, long working hours, and workplace scandals, and the formation of labor unions has become a problem.
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