Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 25, 2013

Va. miners sue Justice Energy over layoff process

BIG STONE GAP, Va — Four laid-off Virginia coal miners way West Virginia-based Justice Energy violated federal law when it let some 150 workers go without adequate notice.

The workers sued in U.S. District Court in Big Stone Gap last week over layoffs at mining operations in Wise County.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires companies with at least 100 employees to give 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise says the lawsuit claims WARN notices weren’t sent and rapid-response teams weren’t dispatched as required to assist displaced workers.

Attorney Hugh O’Donnell is seeking 60 days’ pay in compensation for his clients.

Justice Energy didn’t immediately comment Thursday.

Justice Energy is owned by the family of billionaire Jim Justice, who owns The Greenbrier.

 

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