ITT Laid Off 8K Employees, Now They're Suing

They say ITT legally owed them 60 days' notice
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2016 4:54 PM CDT
ITT Sued by Laid-Off Employees
ITT Technical Institute has been sued by two of the 8,000 employees it abruptly laid off Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

ITT Technical Institute laid off 8,000 employees when it suddenly announced the closure of its 130 or so campuses Tuesday. That same day, two of its abruptly unemployed workers filed what they hope will be a class-action lawsuit against the for-profit school, the Wall Street Journal reports. The plaintiffs, an ITT teacher and an ITT business analyst, claim ITT violated the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act, which guarantees 60 days' notice in the case of mass layoffs. Needless to say, ITT employees didn't get that. Some were emailed Friday and told to take a long holiday weekend, including Tuesday. “People were blowing money all weekend, not knowing they were fired,” a lawyer for the plaintiffs says. “That’s ruffled some feathers.”

The lawsuit is seeking "unpaid wages, salary, commissions, bonuses," and other benefits covering 60 days for all laid-off employees who qualify, the AP reports. The WARN Act may not cover employees working at campuses with fewer than 50 employees. "All matters involving students and personnel are priorities," an ITT spokesperson tells the Indianapolis Business Journal in response to the lawsuit. She adds that closing its campuses is a "complicated process." ITT decided to shut down its operations after the federal government—citing the way ITT recruits students and the performance of those students—couldn't enroll students receiving federal financial aid. ITT calls that decision "inappropriate and unconstitutional." (Read more for-profit colleges stories.)

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