A Lawsuit Now Targets A Retailer After Massive Layoffs

A lawsuit now targets a retailer after massive layoffs impacted workers without warning, violating the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notice Act.

Foxtrot, its sister company Dom’s Kitchen & Market and their parent firm Outfox Hospitality are being sued for violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, according to a class action complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The suit was filed on April 24, just one day after the combined companies unexpectedly ceased operations.

It claims the Chicago-based companies violated the WARN Act by failing to give its employees — who have all been terminated — at least 60 days notice of the mass layoff.

Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, an employer with more than 100 full-time workers must give 60 days’ notice before laying off 50 or more people at a single site.

A former Foxtrot employee in Chicago, Jamil Moore, filed the suit “on his own behalf and on behalf of all others similarly situated,” which is estimated to include roughly 1,000 other people, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, Moore was not told ahead of time about Foxtrot ceasing operations, instead learning about it when he was terminated in the middle of his shift on April 23.

He wasn’t the only worker to have that experience. Stephanie Roatis, who worked at the Foxtrot in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, also found out she’d lost her job Tuesday.

However, Roatis had a hunch of irregularities in the days leading up to Tuesday, as her team was informed that supply chain “would be an issue as of this weekend.”

“That seemed kind of odd, and then this morning, [in] our mobile app, people couldn’t order ahead,” she said Tuesday in an interview.

“And that was the first tip off where I was like, ‘This is not good.’”

In Illinois, companies of 75 or more employees expecting a mass layoff must submit a WARN notice at least 60 days before the layoffs, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

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A grocery chain with 900 outlets now makes an unexpected closure in Illinois, leaving customers mourning its loss.

A Save-A-Lot store in Rockford, Illinois, will be closing its doors for good on May 20.

Customers were informed of the sudden news by a sign on the door telling them to go to another branch for their goods.

However, locals are concerned as a store that opened in February 2015 propped up the neighborhood following the loss of a Schnucks store.

The Save-A-Lot location not only provided jobs but also a budget store.

Following the closure, shoppers are going to be left with fewer options with one resident saying, “We have no choices.”

“This is going to be a hard hit for the people in this neighborhood…this community…and this side of town…we have nothing,” one shopper told WREX.

“I’m not happy because they are a less expensive store, you get more for your money.”

“Schnucks is on the higher end, and Aldi is higher than they used to be.”

The shopper noted that options in the area are limited with the nearest grocery stores being Aldi which is around two miles away, and Schnucks, two and a half miles away.

“We have no choices, we have dollar stores – they have competitive prices, but they don’t carry a lot of stuff you can’t feed a family on that, you need stores like this.”

“I feel like we’re a dry county when it comes to groceries and it’s really hard,” another shopper added.

“I’m kind of heartbroken about it. It’s a shame it’s going to hurt a lot of people.”

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