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Lawsuit Filed Against First Med For Unannounced Shutdown

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Might Have Violated Federal Labor Law 

THERE IS A FEDERAL LAW, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires corporations, under certain circumstances, to give their employees a 60-day notice before shutting down a plant or making a mass layoff.

One of the First Med employees in Toledo, Ohio, Brandon Engle has filed a lawsuit in the U. S. District Court in Wilmington, North Carolina, complaining that First Med has violated this law.  They are asking the court to elevate their complaint to a class-action suit representing the approximately 2,500 First Med employees who were laid off suddenly and without explanation this past weekend.

Engle's attorney Jack Raisner says, "All of the employees as far as we know have been terminated without notice over the last 3 or 4 days.  That is in our view in violation of a statute that says employees in a mass layoff have to be given 60 days advanced written notice."

M. Alex Johnson of NBC News is reporting:

The suit seeks payouts to recover 60 days' pay and bonuses, accrued holiday and vacation pay, pension and 401(k) contributions and unemployment benefits.

First Med's website remained inaccessible Tuesday, and calls to corporate offices either reached disconnected lines or weren't answered.

The lawsuit says First Med was owned by Enhanced Equity Fund II, or EEF2. The fund is part of a New York-based investment firm, Enhanced Equity Funds, that specializes in health-care companies. First Med was listed among EEF2's portfolio companies Tuesday, but by Wednesday, the listing had been removed.

Read the complete article:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/10/21852954-lawsuit-filed-against-shuttered-ambulance-service-that-stranded-hospitals-in-six-states .

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The Bertie County, North Carolina, officials have also filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the company.

If you are a former FirstMed employee and wish to become a part of the class action lawsuit you can contact the Outten & Golden Law Firm at (212)245-1000.

WWAY-TV has more details: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/12/11/class-action-suit-filed-against-firstmed .

WWAY-TV also posted this video report:

 

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