Call center operator Centerfield Media Holding Company is the defendant in a proposed class action that seeks 60 days’ worth of allegedly unpaid compensation and benefits owed to terminated employees under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).
The case explains the WARN Act requires an employer to provide 60 days’ written notice of its intention to lay off more than 50 employees during any 30-day period as part of a plant or office closing. Such notice, the suit reads, must be provided to employees, the state dislocated worker unit, the chief elected official of the local government in which an employment site is located, and any collective bargaining team. The plaintiff alleges Centerfield Media Holding Company failed to abide by these guidelines in terminating approximately 200 proposed class members without cause from its Margate, Florida location in late-March 2018.
“[The plaintiff] and the class members worked at [the defendant’s] Margate, Florida, call center and handled in-bound calls for [the defendant] who, prior to the mass layoff, had a temporary contract with Sprint,” the suit reads. “When the Sprint contract ended, [the defendant] violated the WARN Act by engaging in a mass layoff of [the plaintiff] and the class members without proper notice.”
Instead of providing proper notice, the defendant allegedly waited until roughly a month before the layoffs to “vaguely suggest” to proposed class members that the company’s Sprint project would conclude in March. Two weeks before the project ended, the case continues, supervisors reportedly emailed workers informing them they would receive no further compensation after March 31, 2018.