Calif. Restaurant Chain Dodges WARN Act Suit Over Layoffs

By Suevon Lee (February 16, 2017, 8:32 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a proposed class action filed by ex-workers against Catalina Restaurant Group who allege the chain failed to give them adequate notice of mass layoffs pursuant to federal law, saying the extent of the cuts fails to invoke protection.

U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted Catalina's motion for summary judgment to toss the putative class complaint brought after the chain's April 2015 restructuring that allegedly left about 3,000 employees out of a job without prior warning.

Plaintiff Ronald Ross, a 25-year veteran of the company, alleged that Catalina's actions violated the federal Worker Adjustment...

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