On October 15, 2009, Outten & Golden filed suit against WL Homes and related entities seeking to recover 60 days wages and benefits for former employees who were terminated under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the WARN Act). We contend WL Homes ordered mass layoffs on or about June 5, 2009 without providing the employees with advance written notice.
On April 24, 2014, the Court gave final approval of a settlement in the amount of $938,250.00. The settlement funds were distributed to the 85 class members on May 30, 2014. Class members will have 90 days from the day of issuance to cash their checks.
Generally, the WARN Act requires companies to provide their employees with 60 days written notice in advance of a mass layoff or plant closing. In the absence of such notice, employers may be liable to each affected employee for 60 days wages and benefits.
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