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Rebellion Not Paying Compensation, According To Laid Off Workers

by Jeff Marchiafava on May 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM

UK-based Rebellion Developments continues to face difficult times: Following the news that the company will be shutting down its Rebellion Derby branch, we are now hearing reports that laid off workers from the studio haven't received wages for their last month of work, and are now fearing that their redundancy packages may not be paid as well.

Develop is reporting that several sources inside Rebellion have contacted them about the missing wages, including the wife of one ex-employee who stated, "Rebellion are claiming ‘financial difficulties’ as the reason for non-payment of wages and redundancy packages, but this has all been done verbally, over the phone, and are refusing to send anything out in writing." Rebellion's Oxford branch suffered smaller layoffs, but sources say those ex-employees are up to date on their compensation. The fear being expressed by ex-Derby employees is that their now defunct branch is a separate legal entity from the larger company, and that Rebellion may choose to liquidate the studio to avoid paying severance packages. For now these concerns have not come to fruition, and we hope Rebellion manages to work out its financial problems and pay its ex-employees their deserved compensation.