Trio files suit against Medcorp after company abruptly closes
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:35:00 GMT —
Three plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Medcorp, as well as its parent company and other businesses formally associated with the private ambulance service, following the Toledo company's sudden closure in early December.
According to court documents, the trio filed on behalf of themselves and more than 300 former employees represented by the same legal team.
All those that are part of the suit worked for companies owned by or affiliated with Medcorp (American Ambulette & Ambulance Service), FirstMed EMS, Enhanced Equity Funds and several other corporations, LLC's, LP's and Inc's.
Two of the three plaintiffs who have their individual names listed in the suit, however, specifically worked at Medcorp's Toledo facility.
The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs worked for the defendants at "their Ohio and Virginia facilities until their termination on or about December 6, 2013" and says that by "shutting down, Defendants terminated approximately 2,000 similarly situated employees along with Plaintiffs, all without advance notice."
The plaintiffs say that after shutting down and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the the defendants did not provide "60 days' notice of the shutdown to those employees in violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act)."
The lawsuit also claims that while some employees were informed of the news through conference calls, other received termination letters postmarked Dec.8 or Dec. 10.
The employees, represented in the lawsuit, add that they have not "been paid their final checks" and claim they could lose their health insurance at any moment.
The plaintiffs are now seeking to get 60 days of wages and benefits, and all unpaid wages including vacation time they've accrued.
On Dec. 6, WNWO first received calls from employees of FirstMed reporting that the company's Toledo branch was being locked up without employees receiving written notice.
Saturday, Dec. 7, a woman answering Medcorp's "emergency line" confirmed to WNWO that the Toledo business had ceased operations at 8 p.m. on the 6th but wouldn't comment further.
WNWO's calls to FirstMed and Enhanced Equity in New York City have not been returned.