Defunct dress chain Alfred Angelo violated workers rights when it abruptly shut down in July, according to a lawsuit filed by a former employee.
In a suit filed Wednesday, former Alfred Angelo employee Deborah Hightower said she was one of 248 employees whose rights under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act were violated.
Alfred Angelo “violated the WARN Act by failing to give the plaintiff and other similarly
situated employees of the Defendant at least 60 days’ advance written notice of termination, as required by the WARN Act,” Hightower’s suit said. “As a consequence, the plaintiff and other similarly situated employees of the defendant are entitled under the WARN Act to recover from the defendant their wages and [Employee Retirement Income Security Act] benefits for 60 days, none of which has been paid.”
Hightower worked at Alfred Angelo’s facility at 1625 S. Congress Ave. in Delray Beach until July 13, the suit said. Alfred Angelo filed for Chapter 7 on July 14.
The suit, filed as part of the bankruptcy proceeding, seeks class action status. Hightower alleges that he and other employees are owed pay and benefits for 60 days.