Plaintiffs filed a new complaint, adding Robert H. Hosch, Jr. to the lawsuit as a defendant. The new complaint, filed by two former Butler & Hosch employees, claims that Hosch must be held individually liable for the mass layoff of hundreds of employees. The lawsuit alleges that Hosch, the president of Butler & Hosch, made key decisions for the firm, including the decision to terminate more than 700 employees without providing any notice.
Plaintiffs claim that the firm borrowed more than $14 million during a spree of acquiring other law firms and related businesses. The lawsuit also claims that Butler & Hosch created thousands of bogus invoices, totaling millions of dollars as part of a scheme to create fictitious receivables.
The lawsuit seeks to recover unpaid wages for all employees who were allegedly terminated without notice, including unpaid compensation, paid time off, unpaid benefits, as well as sixty days of wages and benefits that would have been covered and paid if Butler & Hosch had given the proper notice.
Two former Butler & Hosch, P.A. attorneys filed a class action against the firm under a federal law that requires employers to provide sixty days notice to employees before a mass layoff. The firm reportedly employed 700 people, 200 attorneys and 500 non-attorney staff in Florida and several other states. The lawsuit alleges that on May 14, the firm’s president, Robert Hosch, sent an email to staff, terminating all 700 of the firm’s employees, without any advance notice. Hosch’s alleged termination email is available through the link below.
The lawsuit asserts a claim against Butler & Hosch, P.A. for violating the Warn Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 2101. The Warn Act requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days notice before triggering mass layoffs. Plaintiffs have sought to bring the action on behalf of themselves and all of the firm’s employees whom they allege were terminated without the sixty day notice required by federal law. The two named plaintiffs seek to recover for themselves and all terminated employees, the following: all unpaid wages, accrued vacation, holiday and other paid time off, reimbursable expenses, and other compensation and benefits that would be coverered had proper notice been given by the firm.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing seek to hold Butler & Hosch, P.A. accountable to the hundreds of employees who were terminated without notice and without pay.