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Halo theme composer Marty O’Donnell suing Bungie

Friday, 6th June 2014 21:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Halo theme composer Marty O’Donnell, who claimed in April he was terminated by Bungie’s board of directors without cause, has filed suit against the developer for unpaid benefits.

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According to the lawsuit filed against Bungie CEO Harold Ryan on May 1, O’Donnell claims Bungie failed to compensate him for “unused vacation time, paid time off, and other benefits,” according to VentureBeat.

“Ryan has caused Bungie to violate applicable law and the Company’s policies and practices regarding payment of O’Donnell’s accrued but unpaid vacation time, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits,” according to the filing.

The filing also states Bungie has a policy in place which pays employees the aforementioned benefits, and which Ryan and Bungie reportedly promised to pay. O’Donnell is asking for double damages, as there are “other grievances against Bungie and Ryan,” which are not noted in the currently available documents.

A response by Bungie and Ryan was filed on May 27 denying O’Donnell was due any benefits not already received.

O’Donnell was fired on April 11 as Bungie’s audio director after working for the firm since May 2000.

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8 Comments

  1. BBaZ00k

    That’s just sad

    #1 3 months ago
  2. dazedonthemoon

    I heard he got fired for some type of affair in office? Not sure how credible that it though. He must be at fault though cause I have heard nothing but amazing things about how Bungie treats its employees.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. Kreion

    @dazedonthemoon
    It depends who fired him – if it came down to a top of the chain decision it’s unlikely they have that much to do with the actual treatment of the staff. Without any information it’s pretty impossible to say whose at fault and there’s little point in speculation…

    #3 3 months ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    Most of the time when companies use without cause reasons for finishing a working relationships is because they do not want the employee anymore and he/she didnt violate anything that granted been fire, probably personal reasons that involve other people. This method is more damaging to the employee, because he cannot know the reason for the fire, and neither he/She can defend his position by the accusation from the employer.

    Most Of the time is used by coorporations with bad working relantioships.mobbing, ect.

    Although With bungie it might not be the case at all, the thing is a sort of bad reputation image attach.

    #4 3 months ago
  5. Oh no its Colt

    I thought he was fired because he would have cost too much for Activision’s budget, since he gets money from the music, toys, games, etc….

    Now, the tides have turned….

    #5 3 months ago
  6. POOhead

    Rumour has it that he snorted marijuana and fisted himself till he gaped a black hole

    #6 3 months ago
  7. lucasmourao

    Eu sou o Lucas que costa de jogo

    #7 3 months ago
  8. BrownBanana

    Yeah, that’s is sad indeed. Bungie is not the comnpany it used to be I think.

    #8 3 months ago

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