Calif. Restaurant Operator Wants Layoff Suit Nixed

By Shayna Posses (November 30, 2017, 8:42 PM EST) -- Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. is seeking a quick win in litigation alleging the restaurant chain operator violated federal and state law by failing to provide sufficient warning before conducting mass layoffs, telling a California federal court that the reductions didn't affect enough employees to trigger notice requirements.

The restaurant operator argued Tuesday that the layoffs launched after Food Management Partners Inc. purchased it in 2015 didn't invoke the federal or state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, known as the WARN Act. Catalina escaped a previous suit making near-identical claims because the extent of the cuts didn't prompt protection under the...

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