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A former music composer for the Halo series is suing the original studio behind the series.

According to documents filed in Superior Court in King County, Washington – and originally reported by Venture BeatMartin O’Donnell is suing his employer Bungie, the developers behind the first five Halo titles from 2001 to 2010.

O’Donnell is claiming the company failed to pay him for unused vacation time, paid time off, sabbatical time and other benefits – something that was promised to him by Harold Ryan, President, according to the documents, filed on May 1st.

Employed in May 2000 as Audio Director, O’Donnell composed the music for Halo series up until Bungie’s final installment, 2010’s Halo: Reach, with development moving over to 343 Industries.

On April 11th this year, O’Donnell was sacked from the company “without cause”. Ryan nor Bungie allegedly gave any further explanation about the termination.

O’Donnell is seeking double damages, attorney fees & costs, and pre-judgment & post-judgment interest.

In an answer document filed on May 27th, Ryan and Bungie thoroughly denied all the accusations.

Bungie are also the developers of the upcoming MMO action-shooter title Destiny, set for release on September 9th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.