(Reuters) - Rental car company The Hertz Corp has been sued under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act for failing to give workers advance notice before laying them off on April 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WARN Act generally requires employers to give employees 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs, and makes employers liable for back pay and benefits for that period if they do not comply. While it makes an exception for unforeseeable circumstances, it still requires employers to give notice as soon as practicable.
In a proposed class action complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, laid off Hertz representative Arlean Green said the company “knew its business was suffering and, thus, knew a mass layoff was coming” as early as March 22, when it furloughed her and other employees.
She sought to represent a class of “hundreds, if not thousands” of similarly situated laid off employees, and asked the court to award them 60 days’ pay and benefits.
Hertz could not immediately be reached for comment.
The case is Green v. The Hertz Corp, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, No. 20-cv-01006.
For Green: Brandon Hill of Wenzel Fenton Cabassa and others
For Hertz: not available