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Gizmodo parent fired journalist because of activism, union claims

February 4, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Alex Cranz

Online publisher G/O Media Inc. told employees of its tech news website Gizmodo that it fired a co-worker because of her union activism, the Writers Guild of America East alleged in a complaint filed with a U.S. regulator, reports Josh Eidelson of Bloomberg News.

Eidelson reports, “In filings Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board, the union claimed that management fired a senior editor, Alex Cranz, in retaliation for her discussion of working conditions, following ‘a pattern of harassment and intimidation for union activity.’ Management then violated federal labor law again by telling employees that Cranz was terminated because of her activism, according to the union’s complaints.

“In response to the allegations, G/O Media said the action was “in no way involved with labor activity.

“‘A thorough nine-week process was conducted and did not net satisfactory results,’ the company said in an emailed statement. ‘The claims of ‘ongoing harassment’ and ‘fabricated allegations’ are meritless. We thank Ms. Cranz for her contributions at Gizmodo, and wish her the best in future endeavors.'”

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