Telltale Games Hit With Class Action Lawsuit By Former Employee
Many people around the world were devastated to learn that Telltale Games was closing up shop, but none more than the employees themselves. After all, they were left jobless without warning, which is in direct violation of labor laws in the United States. That said, one ex-employee has now filed a lawsuit against Telltale on behalf of themself and their former co-workers.
Vernie Roberts, the former Telltale Games employee, filed the class action lawsuit in the San Francisco Federal Court recently against the studio for violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988. They did this by terminating their employees without warning them and without severance. Roberts is seeking a jury trial for wages that are equivalent to 60 days of employment, including benefits and interest.
It’s unknown at this time how Telltale will respond. If they intend on filing bankruptcy, it’ll be interesting to see exactly who this will fall on. Roberts seemingly has a winnable case, but with the studio shopping around the remainder of The Walking Dead’s final season, it’s anyone’s guess if they have any intention of making things right with their former employees.
In other Telltale Games news, footage leaked from the Stranger Things title they were making, and it looked amazing. The studio was upgrading their engine for the game, which could be seen in the short clips right here, but it definitely has their notable style all over it. As for the hundreds of people that lost their jobs last week, other developers have been reaching out in an attempt to put their minds at ease. Either way, we hope those affected are able to land on their feet and get past this with relative ease.
Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Do you believe the class action lawsuit will be successful? Is Telltale Games trying to make things right, or will they do everything in their power to get off the hook for paying their former employees? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.