Mar. 04, 2019 – By Saundra Weathers / Hillsborough County
TAMPA, Fla. — Hundreds of Laser Spine Institute employees who were fired Friday after the company unexpectedly shut down are fighting back with a federal lawsuit.
Laser Spine Institute announced Friday their doors were closing, and patients had to find new doctors while former employees have to find new jobs.
So far there have been three federal lawsuits filed on behalf of former employees. One of the filings claims the company violated what’s called the WARN Act because they didn’t notify employees of what was happening until the day the company closed.
“The company shut down without providing the advance notice required by the WARN Act,” said labor and employment attorney Ryan Barack, one of the attorneys representing the former employees. “We anticipate that the class will be more than 500 employees and total damages will likely exceed seven million dollars.”