As the US military plans to sponsor esports and Call of Duty streamers to reach Gen Z, Amazon refuses to comply with a federal judge’s order to stop retaliating against union workers and ex- Engineer files age discrimination lawsuit against SpaceX.
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Internal Army documents obtained by Motherboard show that the US military has used a wide variety of e-sports tournaments, individual high-profile Call of Duty streamers and Twitch events to grow its audience with Gen-Z audiences, women, Black and allocated millions of dollars to sponsor the series. Hispanic people, Vice reported. However, after Call of Duty’s publisher, Activision, faced a wave of sexual harassment complaints, all planned spending was dropped. Nevertheless, documents show that the US military, in particular, considered Call of Duty as a potentially useful branding and recruiting tool.
Amazon is refusing to fully comply with a requirement to tell its employees that it was ordered by a federal judge to stop retaliating against unionizing employees, The Vice reported. The federal cease-and-desist order requires that Amazon “dismiss employees because they are engaged in a protected concerted activity” and “not interfere with, restrain or coerce” employees. However, emails contained in the new NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) motion filed Tuesday show that Amazon’s legal team has repeatedly refused to comply with those requirements.
John Johnson, a former principal optics manufacturing engineer at Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit with the state of Washington, alleging he was barred from opportunities given to younger, less experienced colleagues. -was deprived several times and was sacked for complaining. Company’s Human Resources Department and Chief Operating Officer. According to an affidavit reviewed by the Guardian, Johnson was 58 when he was hired and said he was repeatedly taken away from responsibilities following his back surgery due to a work-related incident. . Johnson is asking the Washington Human Rights Commission to investigate his allegations, after which he may choose to file charges against the company. Alternatively, if Johnson’s allegations are found to be part of a larger pattern of discrimination at SpaceX, the agency could choose to conduct a wider investigation.
Bloomberg reported that Tiktok’s blackout challenge is causing the death of children. The challenge involved suffocating himself with household items until a blackout, and filming the adrenaline rush of regaining consciousness and then posting it on social media. The choking dare has been around for a while, but it is now being pushed by powerful social media algorithms to people too young to understand the risk. Nine-year-old Ariani from Milwaukee died trying to complete the challenge. Months later her death was neither covered nor informed to TikTok. The challenge has been linked to the deaths of at least 15 children, according to Businessweek data, which includes news reports, court records and interviews.
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