The company lays off 2,700 workers as they slept days before Thanksgiving

A Mississippi-based furniture company suddenly laid off nearly 2,7000 workers in the US just days before Thanksgiving, according to multiple reports.

Shortly before midnight on Nov. 21, thousands of workers, many of them asleep, received a text message from United Furniture Industries (UFI) stating that they had indeed been laid off and could no longer return to work.

“At the instruction of the board of directors…we regret to inform you that due to unforeseen business circumstances, the company has been forced to make the difficult decision to terminate the employment of all of its employees, effective immediately,” the message, which the New York Post reviewed, he said.

“Your termination from the company should be permanent and all benefits will cease immediately without provision of Cobra,” reads a follow-up email from the company, referring to a federal law offering employees who they lose their jobs the ability to keep their employer-sponsored health insurance under certain circumstances.

The company has also instructed its drivers to “return equipment, inventory and delivery documents immediately,” regardless of “if [they] Completed [their] delivery”.

The employees were given no explanation as to why they were fired so abruptly. On Tuesday, UFI sent out an update regarding the recovery of their belongings, which FreightWaves has reviewed.

“As soon as the property manager can provide a safe and orderly process for former employees to come and collect their belongings, they will… We’re not sure of the timing for this, but we will communicate proactively,” he says. the email.

In response, numerous employees expressed shock and frustration at their sudden firing.

One employee told FreightWaves: “It’s not fair to workers who have worked so seriously hard to be caught off guard like this. It’s not fair to the mom who just had a baby to wonder if she even has health insurance to cover it. It’s not fair to the cancer patient in the middle of chemo on how to pay for her treatments.

Another employee, TJ Martin, told WLBT: “This has been a drastic shock to each of us… This puts a damper on everyone’s spirits, especially when you’re told to be ready to give it your all on Monday. Each of us is dedicated to the company. We consider ourselves members of the family.”

Former employee Toria Neal filed a lawsuit against the company Wednesday, claiming it violated the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act by failing to provide at least 60 days notice of its closure.

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