Food Industries

Employees in the food industry often see jobs disappear overnight, and in high numbers as companies merge, go out of business, or file for bankruptcy. Often the employees are the last to know that their jobs have been terminated, leaving them with no income and no time to find another job before being laid off.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act is a federal law that requires large companies to give 60 days' written notice before carrying out a mass layoff or plant closing. Unfortunately, many companies violate the law, leaving thousands of employees in the dark about what is happening. The attorneys at Outten & Golden LLP strive to make a bad situation better for clients by representing employees whose companies illegally terminate them without providing 60 days' notice.

Under the WARN Act, an employer who fails to provide such notice may be liable for up to 60 days' pay and benefits to each affected employee. Some states, such as New York, New Jersey, and California, have stricter state law requirements that can result in additional penalties for employers who violate the law.

Outten & Golden has represented thousands of employees in the food industry, including those laid off by Fresh & Easy, Archway Cookies, and AFA Foods, Inc. At Outten & Golden LLP, our WARN Act Practice Group is well known all over the country, having litigated in many states on behalf of employees.

How We can Help

If you are part of a layoff affecting at least 50 employees who work at, report to, are based out of, or receive assignments from a single site of employment such as a central office, food preparation facility or warehouse, your employer may be required to give 60 days' written notice to you and your co-workers prior to the layoff. The attorneys at Outten & Golden can help determine whether you can bring a lawsuit to vindicate your rights.

When an employer files for bankruptcy and lays off employees, the timing of events can have a significant impact on what employees may be able to recover. A bankrupt company usually lacks the means to pay all its creditors in full. In such cases, you may want to consult with the experienced attorneys at Outten & Golden to discuss the best way to pursue legal remedies. In some cases, Outten & Golden will bring a lawsuit against a non-bankrupt parent company to obtain recover for laid-off employees. While not every case will have the same outcome, Outten & Golden can discuss your situation to help you during this difficult period.

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If you experience job loss in a mass layoff, furlough or shutdown, or you suffer the reduction of more than 50 percent of your work hours during a six-month period, you may have a WARN Act claim and should contact Outten & Golden LLP.