Wed, Aug 31, 2011 | 21:42 BST
Take-Two being sued for allegedly withholding overtime pay, not allowing breaks
A suit has been filed against Take-Two by a former QA tester, who has accused the firm’s subsidiary, Visual Concepts, of withholding overtime pay and failing to provide appropriate breaks, which are mandated by federal and state laws.
Filed by former quality assurance tester Aaron Martinez in 2010, the plaintiff is asking the California courts for class-action status on the suit, which has caused Take-Two to inform former employees that they may be contacted regarding the suit by Martinez’s lawyer.
Martinez’s claim stems from work provided on 2K Sports games while employed with Visual Concepts – a job he departed in 2007 – where he says over 400 employees were not compensated for overtime and not provided with lunch breaks. Hours for employees ranged from eight to 12 hours per day, and the papers filed with the courts claim employees were not compensated for not taking lunch breaks let along provided breaks during their daily stint.
The paperwork filed also claims Martinez and others were paid below minimum hourly wage – which varies from state to state, but the norm in California is $8.12 – and accurate wage statements were also not provided.
Take-Two has denied Martinez’s allegations and claims he not only “fails to state facts and is unable to state facts,” but that the firm compensated employees “at the legally required rate for hours worked in excess of 8 hours per day”.
A trial date is set for March 2012.