Bay Area Red Lobster employee named as plaintiff in class action suit

Bay Area Red Lobster employee named as plaintiff in class action suit

(KRON) — A former employee at a Bay Area Red Lobster has been named as the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit alleging the restaurant chain failed to provide adequate notice in nationwide layoffs last month. George Parker was an employee at the Rohnert Park Red Lobster, one of several locations that were abruptly closed in May.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed by Los Angeles law firm Melmed Law Group, Red Lobster violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN Act), and the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (California Warn Act).

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Parker, and the other California Red Lobster workers, were let go abruptly on May 13, without the required 60 days advance notice, the lawsuit alleges.

“The mass termination on or about May 13, 2024, violated the notice requirements of the WARN Act because it failed to give Plaintiff, the Federal Class members, and the California Class members at least sixty (60) days’ advance written notice of termination,” the suit states.

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The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, was in two parts; one for Federal WARN Act Class Allegations, and another for California WARN Act Class Allegations.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants “failed to pay Plaintiff and each of the Federal Class Members their respective wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, health and life insurance premiums, accrued holiday pay and accrued vacation” for 60 days following their abrupt terminations. Red Lobster also “failed to provide employee benefits including health insurance” for 60 days from and after the termination dates.

The lawsuit is seeking damages for WARN Act violations up to the amount of $15,150 per employee

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