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/ A well known helmet from the Borderlands video game series, released by Transmission, as organized on a cross.

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In October 2018–10 days prior to computer game studio Transmission Software application sued its previous basic counsel over claims of scams— the counsel in concern submitted a discrimination claim with Texas authorities.

On Monday, Ars got the official October 27, 2018 filing made by previous Transmission basic counsel Wade Callender. Its presence recommends that Transmission’s November suit might be retaliation for his claim with the Texas Labor force Commission’s Civil liberty Department. It declares that Transmission (and CEO Randy Pitchford in specific) participated in “harassment, discipline, inequitable terms, and discharge” due to a staff member being Christian.

Callender’s claim matches a timeline he described in his December countersuit versus Transmission: that Callender did not leave the business as a voluntary “resignation.” Rather, Callender declares he was displaced after Pitchford started crafting a “incorrect story about Callender’s work.” His December suit has actually roiled the computer game market in part due to the fact that it consisted of marvelous claims. Among those– about a lost, unencrypted USB stick loaded with market tricks and porn left at a Middle ages Times Supper and Competition– was validated (in part) by Pitchford himself.

The total text of Callender’s October declaration consists of information not discovered in either suit:

Throughout my work with the Participant [Gearbox Software], I have actually undergone unjust requirements and expectations based upon my religious beliefs. Mr. Randy Pitchford (President & CEO) would continuously bother me based upon my religions. Mr. Pitchford would specify that my religions were slowed down and a sign of a damaged brain. Mr. Pitchford would typically visit my workplace with presents mocking Christianity.

I reported the harassing and hostile workplace that was developed by Mr. Pitchford to the Human Relations Department, however no disciplinary or restorative actions were taken. After reporting the harassment to the HR department, it appears that Mr. Pitchford’s harassment ended up being more extreme.

After I informed the Participant that I might no longer endure the relentless hostile workplace and wished to begin with my exit-negotiations, Mr. Pitchford right away informed other workers that he was accepting my resignation, which was non-existent. I was right away limited from my Transmission e-mail account, workers, resources, and access to the structure. I think I was struck back versus and ended from my position based upon my religious beliefs (Christian).

The claim keeps in mind a start date for the supposed discrimination of June 2010, the very same month Callender started operating at Transmission, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Neither Callender nor his present legal counsel right away reacted to Ars’ concerns about supposed ridicule and presents or about records of either Pitchford’s declarations or Callender’s HR reports.

[Update, 6:25pm ET: After our report went live, Gearbox offered a statement to Ars Technica, describing Callender as a “disgruntled former employee who voluntarily resigned and is now trying to extort money out of Gearbox” and calling his most recent allegations “absurd” and without “merit.” The statement cites a Gearbox company policy to “provide equal opportunity for employment,” which it points out is part of a company handbook that “Callender received and reviewed while acting as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for Gearbox.” The statement goes on to describe benefits afforded to Callender while employed at Gearbox while “knowing his religious beliefs,” including promotions, the purchase of a Porsche, the “full funding” of his college experience, a $300,000 home loan, and “Callender’s request for Randy and his wife to act as godparents” to his children.

“Mr. Callender is attempting to improperly influence the administrative process at the EEOC/TWC, and we will not be a party to that,” the statement reads. “Out of respect for that process and the legal process as a whole, we will strive to refrain from further comment, and look forward to addressing this meritless claim in Court.”]

10 days after this problem was submitted, Transmission submitted a claim versus Callender, declaring that he had “make use of[ed] Transmission’s kindness and trust for his own individual gain.” Transmission’s suit particularly declares that Callender did not completely pay back a $300,000 loan released by Pitchford in 2015 which he utilized Transmission’s business charge card for individual usage prior to leaving the business in July 2018.

The following month, Callender reacted with a countersuit of its own, declaring that Pitchford had actually stolen a $12 million perk from computer game publisher Take-Two Interactive. According to Callender, Pitchford then syphoned that quantity of cash straight to his own independently held business, Pitchford Home entertainment Media & Magic, LLC, and did so ” unbeknownst to Transmission workers,” hence putting a “monetary problem” on those workers. Both sides look for damages going beyond $1 million in their particular matches.

A Take-Two agent decreased to talk about the declared $12 million perk paid straight to a Pitchford-owned LLC, informing Ars, “It is our practice not to talk about our company partners’ legal matters.”

Callender’s August claim clarifies one information that was otherwise lost in the legal back-and-forth discovered in 2 civil court filings from November and December2018 Callender’s filing in Dallas County District Court consisted of the following accusation:

Beyond the office, Pitchford started to avoid Callender from numerous occasions and chances while utilizing his Twitter manage (” DuvalMagic”) to openly display an incorrect picture of love and tolerance. Behind Transmission’s closed doors, nevertheless, Pitchford wielded repellent bigotry versus Callender and charitable causes about which Callender cared.

Pitchford’s public declarations about religious beliefs are scarce. In April 2017, Pitchford responded to a photo of a hotel Gideon Bible on Twitter, stating, “It’s enjoyable to simply toss it out into the hall with a towel or something– like what you make with the unclean room-service meals.” 2 years prior to that, he utilized Twitter to notify a coworker about their look on Reddit’s “atheism” sub-site, however that unclear, complicated tweet might be a joking recommendation to another thread that has actually because been erased. (That 2015 tweet tags an artist who has satirized atheists, so the tweet might not be a sign of Pitchford’s spiritual views.)