Roberts’ grievance, filed in San Francisco by Farella Bruan & Martell, Lankenau & Miller, and The Gardner Firm, asks for unpaid wages and advantages for sixty days, citing a violation of the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act), a 30-year-old federal and state regulation that requires giant corporations to offer a 60 calendar-day advance written warning earlier than any mass layoff.
In a dialogue of the state of affairs on Polygon, an lawyer identified that Telltale might cite a “business circumstances” exception in its protection, however that the exception would solely work for the federal portion of the regulation. The firm, nevertheless, is in a “precarious compliance position” with California state’s model of the WARN regulation, giving staff an opportunity of succeeding in a trial.
An exposé published on The Verge earlier this yr highlighted Telltale’s poor administration, together with such accusations as underpaying staff and a poisonous “crunch culture” (together with 14- to 18-hour work days, as much as six days of the week).
After the layoffs, Game Workers Unite, a corporation pushing to arrange the online game business, released a statement concerning the state of affairs that included highly effective criticism of the corporate’s administration: “Let us be clear. The executives at Telltale are incompetent. They are exploitative. They knew that this was coming and failed to warn anybody. We know that the management disregards their workers. Several reports have continually highlighted the working conditions at Telltale, demonstrating that this is more of the ongoing prioritization of board members and shareholders that has existed since the studio’s founding – always to the detriment of their employees.”
Roberts is demanding a trial by jury for the case. Here is the grievance filed yesterday:
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