I saw this one coming ladies and gentlemen. You can’t let go of over two hundred employees randomly, then offer them no type of severance package. Since the downfall of TellTale games, I’ve seen former employees claim on Twitter that they just started working at TellTale the week before and they moved across the country to work for the studio.
To rub salt in the wounds the official TellTale games Twitter announced that they had several investors interested in picking up the final season of Walking Dead to help finish the game. Whether it was intentional or not it’s bad PR for a collapsed studio to talk about finishing a game while disregarding all the people they’ve GREATLY inconvenienced.
According to our plug, a former TellTale employee filed a class action lawsuit. They claim the random layoffs without severance violates the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act or W.A.R.N. The lawsuit wants
“an amount equal to the sum of all of the Aggrieved Employees. Unpaid wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, accrued holiday pay, accrued vacation pay, pension and 401(k) contributions and other ERISA benefits, for sixty days following the member employee’s termination. Interest, attorney’s fees, and “such other and further relief as this Court may deem just and proper.”
This story isn’t finished. It’s still playing out before our eyes, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Hopefully, those affected find justice. If there are any updates we’ll be sure to let you guys know. Meanwhile, all I can say is YIKES!