Trea­sure Is­land sued again by fired work­ers as at­tor­neys seek class-ac­tion sta­tus

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Ten work­ers re­cently laid off from Trea­sure Is­land Foods have taken le­gal ac­tion against the com­pany in a law­suit their at­tor­neys hope will be granted class-ac­tion sta­tus.

The law­suit, filed Thurs­day in fed­eral court in Chicago, al­leges the com­pany vi­o­lated the state and fed­eral Worker Ad­just­ment and Re­train­ing No­ti­fi­ca­tion acts for not giv­ing work­ers at its seven Chicago-area lo­ca­tions 60-day no­tice be­fore lay­ing them off and clos­ing shop.

Work­ers also al­lege Trea­sure Is­land vi­o­lated the Illi­nois Wage Pay­ment and Col­lec­tion Act for fail­ing to pay em­ploy­ees for ac­crued but un­used paid time off.

The work­ers’ at­tor­neys, Karen En­gel­hardt and Ale­jan­dro Caf­farelli, es­ti­mate the al­le­ga­tions levied against Trea­sure Is­land in the suit ap­ply to some 400 for­mer Trea­sure Is­land em­ploy­ees and are seek­ing clas­s­ac­tion sta­tus.

Named de­fen­dants are three cor­po­rate en­ti­ties that op­er­ated Trea­sure Is­land stores as well as chief ex­ec­u­tive Maria Kam­beros and pres­i­dent Christ Kam­beros. Pa­trick Ca­vanaugh, a part­ner in High Ridge Part­ners, the liquidation firm now man­ag­ing the com­pany’s as­sets, was also named in the suit.

Thurs­day’s law­suit is the third filed against Trea­sure Is­land since it abruptly told its em­ploy­ees on Sept. 26 it would be clos­ing all of its stores within three weeks.

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