EA to pay $14.9M to settle overtime lawsuit
Published: April 26, 2006 9:30 AM PDT
Electronic Arts on Tuesday said that it would agree to pay $14.9M to settle an overtime lawsuit among programmers who claimed they were overworked and underpaid.
The video game publisher will settle the unpaid claims of over 600 computer programmers who worked from Feb. 14, 2001 and Feb. 14, 2006.
In 2004, a spouse of an EA employee revealed rigorous working conditions and uncompensated hours on the Internet.
The reveal sparked awareness in the video game programming industry, which can see programmers sleeping in their cubicles to stay at work during crunch times.
EA is the largest video game publisher in North America, producing hits like the Madden NFL franchise and Harry Potter games.
The giant recently felt a sharp drop in sales on certain lackluster properties and the overall decline of current video game sales at retail.