Laid off NECCO workers file class action lawsuit

REVERE, Mass. (AP) – Employees of a Massachusetts candy plant who recently lost their jobs are suing the Connecticut-based company that laid them off.

The New England Confectionary Company closed suddenly last week, and according to workers in the lawsuit, did not give the proper notice required by federal law.

Dexter Main, of Lynn, and Francesco D’Amelio, of Revere, filed a class action lawsuit Friday, alleging that the company owes the nearly 230 laid off employees 60-days’ worth of back pay.

They say limited liability companies Round Hill Investments and Sweethearts Candy Co. LLC failed to warn employees ahead of NECCO’s closure. The suit is filed under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires at least a 60-day notice for layoffs. Round Hill said July 24 it was shutting down operations at NECCO.

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