Former employees sue Arrow Trucking over mass layoff

Legal news for employment attorneys. Former employees claim they were not given proper notification of a mass layoff and were left stranded.

Employment attorneys alert- A lawsuit was filed against Arrow Trucking Co., which claims they did not give proper notification of a mass layoff.

Tulsa, OK—At least 30 former Arrow Trucking Co. employees filed a lawsuit that claims their employer violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, when they failed to give proper notice of a mass layoff and business closure. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District in Tusla, Arrow Trucking suspended its operations on December 22, 2009, as reported by Tulsa World.

When Arrow Trucking shut down indefinitely, it left truckers stranded across the country and without a job. Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act employers are required to give a proper 60-day notice for a mass layoff. In addition, the lawsuit claims that Arrow Trucking did not pay employees, neglected to reimburse employee’s expenses, and failed to forward medical insurance premiums to insurers in the three to four weeks that led up to the sudden layoff. Arrow also allegedly did not make pension and 401(k) contributions to employee accounts. The lawsuit contends that the owner, Doug Pielsticker, and Arrow Trucking knew or should have been aware of the upcoming layoffs, but did not follow laws and regulations, which required them to give proper notification. The plaintiffs are seeking lost wages and benefits when they suddenly and unexpectedly lost their jobs.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for employment lawyers.