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#1 Andrew

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 21:06

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.

 

http://www.vg247.com...r-suing-bungie/




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Posted 06 June 2014 - 21:29

If that was part of his employment contract I dunno how they expect to side-step it. It's still too bad they got rid of him.



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 22:10

When ever I think his name, all I think of is

 

ooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooh oooooooooooooh (That's me singing the halo theme!)



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 00:43

I don't understand why someone who's secured a new job and has probably plenty of current income would sue their previous employer for something like this. Is he not satisfied with his current financial position or does he just have a lot of time to spare? (this coming from someone who was screwed out of money in a previous job)



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 00:49

I don't understand why someone who's secured a new job and has probably plenty of current income would sue their previous employer for something like this. Is he not satisfied with his current financial position or does he just have a lot of time to spare? (this coming from someone who was screwed out of money in a previous job)

 

Because he is entitled to something that was never fulfilled? Itagaki and others have done the same over the years.

 

His job status / finances have nothing to do with Bungie breaking the terms of the contract.

 

Not surprising he has done it when they left on bad terms and considering all the work / success he has brought them over the years. Marty's music defines Halo's OST.



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:24

Because he is entitled to something that was never fulfilled? Itagaki and others have done the same over the years.

 

His job status / finances have nothing to do with Bungie breaking the terms of the contract.

 

Not surprising he has done it when they left on bad terms and considering all the work / success he has brought them over the years. Marty's music defines Halo's OST.

 

That assumes they did.



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:02

When ever I think his name, all I think of is

 

ooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooh oooooooooooooh (That's me singing the halo theme!)

 

You need to add the sound of rumbling thunder/explosions in the distance to that.

 

As for Marty, I have no idea what the actual situation is, but it seems fishy and my gut instinct is to side with him. His firing came out of nowhere and Bungie have not provided any reason why he was "terminated". There are laws for this, thankfully we are no longer in the 10th century. Companies and employers are not doing anyone a favor, it's a mutual exchange.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:19

You need to add the sound of rumbling thunder/explosions in the distance to that.

 

As for Marty, I have no idea what the actual situation is, but it seems fishy and my gut instinct is to side with him. His firing came out of nowhere and Bungie have not provided any reason why he was "terminated". There are laws for this, thankfully we are no longer in the 10th century. Companies and employers are not doing anyone a favor, it's a mutual exchange.

 

There are also laws for terminating employment without notice (At-Will Employment). So if he signed a contract which entailed that then he may not have a real law suit. Still, iirc it was rumored he was fired for demanding a raise the company didn't want to give him. Perfectly justifiable firing if he was creating drama over it, too. And now he's suing about it... seems like we may have a drama queen.

I like Marty, and his work with Halo. But I think there's more to the story and I'm not going to side with either of them till the truth comes out.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 16:55

Is he going to work with Microsoft now and do music for Halo 5?



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:38

Is he going to work with Microsoft now and do music for Halo 5?

 

Hopefully, now that he has no ties to Bungie. Maybe he has a cooling period, who knows the details. At any rate, if he joins MS that would be great - he is the sound of the Halo franchise and it's Bungie's loss.



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:48

Is he going to work with Microsoft now and do music for Halo 5?

Kazuma Jinnouchi is already doing the music for Halo 5. 

 

Unless he seriously screws up in the next few months or 343 do a 180, H5 won't have Marty. H6 on the other hand might, especially if the reviews criticise the music like they did for H4. 



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 13:33

I don't understand why someone who's secured a new job and has probably plenty of current income would sue their previous employer for something like this. Is he not satisfied with his current financial position or does he just have a lot of time to spare? (this coming from someone who was screwed out of money in a previous job)

Its the principle of it.  He was terminated without cause and wasn't even compensated for the rest of the time he worked there, plus the cost of any legal fees too.  I hope he wins the case.



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 18:54

Its the principle of it.  He was terminated without cause and wasn't even compensated for the rest of the time he worked there, plus the cost of any legal fees too.  I hope he wins the case.

 

That may not be the case, I've already linked there are contracts where termination can be without notice or reason (unless of course those undisclosed reasons are against the law) called At-Will Employment. If he was under At-Will he probably doesn't deserve any compensation.

 

"At-will employment is a term used in U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish "just cause" for termination), and without warning.[1] When an employee is acknowledged as being hired "at will", courts deny the employee any claim for loss resulting from the dismissal."



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:59

To be fair you should have posted this map as well, from the same Wiki article

 

959px-At-will_employment_-_public_policy

 

Most states effectively do not recognize at will employment, and only tolerate it as a relic of days when it was common thinking that you were "lucky to have a job". Good we've moved on from that, and recognize that employment is a mutual benefit relationship, that companies are companies of people, and that employers have more bargaining power than employees. As in, an employee's life and the life of their family may be at stake if they lose the job, while the company's existence will not be equally at stake.



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 05:54

To be fair you should have posted this map as well, from the same Wiki article

 

959px-At-will_employment_-_public_policy

 

Most states effectively do not recognize at will employment, and only tolerate it as a relic of days when it was common thinking that you were "lucky to have a job". Good we've moved on from that, and recognize that employment is a mutual benefit relationship, that companies are companies of people, and that employers have more bargaining power than employees. As in, an employee's life and the life of their family may be at stake if they lose the job, while the company's existence will not be equally at stake.

 

Except that's not what that map is of.

That map is of this:

 

"Under the public policy exception, an employer may not fire an employee if it would violate the state's public policy doctrine or a state or federal statute.

This includes retaliating against an employee for performing an action that complies with public policy (such as repeatedly warning that the employer is shipping defective airplane parts in violation of safety regulations promulgated pursuant to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958[26]), as well as refusing to perform an action that would violate public policy. In this diagram, the pink states have the 'exception', which protects the employee.

As of October 2000,[27] forty-two U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize public policy as an exception to the at-will rule.[28]"

 

It also goes on to state that the employee has a right to terminate his employment without notice to the employer or cause (which is usually frowned upon in business). So I don't understand why you are trying to portray this as a negative for the employee?