Following major layoffs at the VC Summer Nuclear Station in late July, Yarborough Applegate is reviewing claims and seeking compensation for hundreds of employees that were not given proper notice by SCE&G and its contractor, Fluor Corporation, before losing their jobs.
The news of the layoffs reached workers after SCE&G and Santee Cooper announced that they were abandoning the construction of two nuclear reactors on the Jenkinsville site due to escalating costs and their primary contractor, Westinghouse, filing for bankruptcy.
The federal law known as The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (or WARN act) which applies to employers of more than 100 workers dictates the requirement of a minimum 60 calendar-day written notice before a major layoff or plant closure.
The affected Fluor employees were terminated immediately without wages or employee benefits. Yarborough Applegate is reviewing claims that Fluor Corporation, and its subsidiary, Fluor Enterprises Inc. made the deliberate decision not to honor the notice and wages owed to its employees under the terms of their employment. A class action lawsuit has been filed with the South Carolina District Court.