A Philadelphia lawyer has filed a federal class action lawsuit against Arrow Trucking.
Last week, the Tulsa-based company shut down unexpectedly, cutting loose nearly 1,400 drivers and office personnel. Some drivers were left stranded without fuel in all parts of the country.
The federal lawsuit was filed on Monday, Dec. 28, in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, and alleges that Arrow and Arrow’s Chief Executive Officer Doug Pielsticker violated the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification – WARN – Act.
In the suit, Charles Ercole alleges that Arrow and its CEO violated the federal law, which requires 60 days’ notice to employees who are going to be laid off.
“I’ve handled a lot of WARN Act cases, and one other case in the trucking industry – but I’ve never seen anything like this where they’ve left guys stranded around the country,” Ercole told Land Line Now on Wednesday. “We have reports where people’s last paycheck would bounce. I just find it outrageous at any time of the year, particularly at Christmas.”
As far as actually recovering money for 1,400 former Arrow employees, Ercole knows it could be challenging.
“Close to 100 people have contacted us,” Ercole said. “We’re going to try and represent all 1,400. … We’re going to try our hardest to get the recovery as quickly as possible. Hopefully these people can be made whole.”
– By Reed Black, Land Line Now
Information for this article was contributed by Land Line Staff Writer Clarissa Kell-Holland