Earlier this week, a discharged worker filed a labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Nintendo of America and hiring firm Aston Carter, stating that the company engaged in actions like surveillance and fired the worker for unionization activity. But now, in response to some of the claims, Nintendo has issued a statement to Polygon regarding the incident:
“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.”
“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.”
So much of the case hinges on details we’re currently not privy to – the worker claims they were fired in part for sharing wages and other terms of contract legally protected, while Nintendo claims the information shared was confidential. Sharing wage information is protected by the NLRB, so it’ll be up to the board to determine what info was and wasn’t shared. We’ll be sure to update the case as it progresses.