An unnamed Nintendo employee has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The complaint states that Nintendo, along with a firm it uses for hiring contractors, violated their legally protected right to unionize.
Specifically, the complaint states that Nintendo of America and global hiring firm Aston Carter engaged in “concerted activities” and made “coercive actions” against a worker. This interfered with the work’s legal right to unionize. No exact details on the interference were shared, but it appears there’s allegations of surveillance, threats, retaliation, and either a layoff or refusal to hire.
In response to this news coming out, someone claiming to be a former Nintendo employee took to Twitter to share their own negative experience of working at Nintendo. You can see their full statement below.
Working for nintendo (contract for 3+ years) was one of the most stressful and awful experiences of my life. Coworkers were great, but I was constantly under pressure of being let go for little things like going to the bathroom or being stuck in traffic an extra 2 min b4 work.
Additionally, they have an awful practice of “dangling the carrot” of full time employee to contracts who they almost universally never hire on just to keep exploiting them and keep them quiet. I spoke up to try and better things for coworkers. Main reason I was let go tbh.
UPDATE: Nintendo has shared a statement with us on this matter, which you can find here.