I work for a billion dollar company we are paid hourly. The company I work for has a few different contracts (departments) like a beauty dept, a cell phone dept. within the same building. There were 400 employees in my group. Just as it was announced the cell phone contract had been lost and the business was closing down, tons of people were taken one by one very quickly and fired and escorted out of the building by security guards, they were told they were being fired for small violations, then the remaining group that wasn't fired were offered night shift and overnight hours all so nobody could file and qualify for unemployment, isn't there anything that can be done to help. Now there are only about 80 of us left and they are still calling people in the office to fire them, I know technically if they offer you a job they don't have to pay you unemployment, but they offered everyone the same exact bad hours then when they turned them down they didn't even let them put in a two week notice they were escorted from the premises. Life certainly isn't fair. But is it legal?

1 answer  |  asked Aug 11, 2009 3:54 PM [EST]  |  applies to Iowa

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Neil Klingshirn
This sounds like a possible "mass layoff" under the WARN Act. Check this article and the external links to the U.S. Department of Labor website at the bottom of the article to see if these terminations involve a mass layoff.

If not, but it looks close, contact me because there are "reach back" provisions in WARN that will aggregate certain layoffs. If you believe that your employer has triggered a mass layoff, contact me to discuss your options.

Best regards,

Neil Klingshirn.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Aug 12, 2009 11:23 AM [EST]

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