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Layoffs by Sports Retailer Fanatics Spark Worker Notice Suit

Sept. 10, 2020, 4:53 PM

Fanatics Inc. and its retail fulfillment company are accused of violating federal law by abruptly laying off hundreds of employees without providing adequate notice, in a new proposed class action filed in Florida federal court.

Fanatics notified more than 100 workers on Aug. 24 that they would be fired on Aug. 28, even though they could’ve reasonably anticipated the layoffs much sooner, because of the coronavirus pandemic, and given advance notice, the lawsuit says.

The online retailer furloughed the workers in mid-March without pay and indicated via emails and phone calls over the following months that they’d soon be brought ...