‘I should have an explanation’: Former Falcon employee suing company for sudden closure

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GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A former Falcon Transport employee is suing the company after it shut down without warning on Saturday. She said now she’s scrambling to find work.

“I went up to the office Sunday morning and I couldn’t get in,” Mary Chavez said.

The Girard woman is one of about 700 Falcon employees out of work.

“It is the most terrifying, horrible situation you could possibly ever be in,” she said.

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Chavez worked in the office at the fuel desk during the week and dispatched on Saturdays and Sundays.

“I was there for almost eight years. I think I should have an explanation. I should have been, at least, told,” she said.

Chavez is the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Falcon, filed in federal court on Monday. The suit claims that Falcon officials violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires companies with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days notice before closing.

The lawsuit asks the court to grant unpaid wages and benefits that would have been continued for that 60-day period to Chavez and other employees in a similar situation.

“I would like them to know everything they’ve done to so many people was so wrong,” she said.

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