A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Laser Spine Institute by at least two former employees after abruptly losing their jobs as part of a mass layoff and sudden closing of the business.
Represented by Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., the employees allege that they did not get enough warning of the closure. The plaintiffs are suing the Laser Spine Institute based on the company’s alleged violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). This U.S. Labor law was enacted by the 100th United States Congress to protect employees, their families, and their communities.
The WARN Act requires employers with 100 or more workers to provide a 60 calendar-day advance notification of business closings and mass layoffs of employees.
Detailed in the court case, the plaintiffs are seeking 60 days’ worth of pay for laid-off employees. This is what the workers would have received if they had been given the appropriate notice from Laser Spine Institute.
The Background of the Case
Prior to the business closure and mass layoffs, which included approximately 500 employees, the Laser Spine Institute had been undergoing financing efforts to keep the business operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The CEO of the company has now said in a statement that they were not able to get the necessary financing.
On Monday, March 4, 2019, one of the employees named as a plaintiff in the class action lawsuit received a memo detailing a WARN Act notice. This occurred after all Laser Spine Institute facilities closed abruptly on Friday, March 1, 2019. In the memorandum, the company said that if they had sent the notice earlier, it would have undermined their ongoing financing efforts to keep the company in business.
Employee Rights Lawyers Fight Hard to Hold Employers Accountable
Employees have a number of rights under labor laws put in place by the federal and state government. Employers should be held accountable for violating the rights of workers — including violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).
At Wenzel Fenton Cabassa P.A., we work relentlessly to hold companies accountable for violating the law. We fight for employees — not employers. Our attorneys know the complexities of the law when it comes to employee rights and aggressively takes on companies that don’t adhere to the WARN Act — including large employers like Laser Spine Institute that have a significant presence in Florida.
It is not uncommon for employers to take advantage of employees and disregard their legal rights. That is why we are strong advocates for employees in all aspects of employment law. They have their attorneys, and employees should be able to have appropriate, experienced, aggressive legal representation too.
Were you laid off without notice, discriminated against, denied pay for working overtime, or were the victim of other employee rights violations? We fight for justice to get the best outcome possible for employees with you and your family in mind.
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Please Note: At the time this article was written, the information contained within it was current based on the prevailing law at the time. Laws and precedents are subject to change, so this information may not be up to date. Always speak with a law firm regarding any legal situation to get the most current information available.