SAN DIEGO – An employee for a Carlsbad office alleges she and other members were not given advance notice before they were all terminated when the company was sold.

Jeri Farrar filed a complaint on behalf of others similarly situated on Oct. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. and Food Management Partners Inc. alleging violation of the Federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the Catalina at a location in Carlsbad and Catalina announced it was being sold to Food Management Partners in March 2015, but did not disclose the office was closing. The suit states personnel were terminated in April. The plaintiff holds Catalina Restaurant Group Inc. and Food Management Partners Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to give at least 60 days' notice of the closing in violation of the WARN Act.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks pay back wages, benefits, and interest to the plaintiff, compensatory and incidental damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Jeff R. Dingwall of Law Office of Jeff R. Dingwall PLC in San Diego and Trang Q. Tran of Tran Law Firm LLP in Houston, Texas.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego Division Case number 2:16-cv-09066-RGK-AGR

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