Ex-employee sues Borders over mass layoffs

New York City -- A Friday report by Reuters said that a former Borders Group employee is attempting to represent a class of about 300 Ann Arbor, Mich., workers in suing the bankrupt retailer for not giving proper notice of impending mass layoffs.

Jared Pinsker, who worked at Borders' Ann Arbor headquarters until he was laid off in July, sued the bookseller in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan on Friday, basing his allegations on the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that requires certain companies to give 60 days' notice before conducting mass layoffs of at least 33% of a given facility's workforce.

Pinsker alleged that he and his colleagues received no notice when they were let go between July 23 and August 23. The lawsuit seeks damages equal to 60 days' unpaid wages, pension contributions, health care and other benefits.