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ESPN Zone workers sue for wages

BALTIMORE, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Former ESPN Zone employees claim they were underpaid after being laid off based on federal standards for companies with over 50 workers, court papers say.

The U.S. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, commonly known as WARN, stipulates that workers in companies covered by the act be given 60 days notice before being laid off, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

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Walt Disney Co., which owned the five ESPN Zone restaurants that were shuttered in June, has said it had met federal requirements when the business closed.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations records show the company filed notice it would close on June 15, a day before employees lost their jobs. The company then claimed it paid the workers through Aug. 15, but workers say the severance pay did not meet federal standards.

"We are sending a message. We are not disposable. We are human beings," said former ESPN Zone cook Leonard Gray.

Five former ESPN Zone workers, including Gray, filed a suit seeking wages owed, but hundreds of ESPN Zone workers who lost jobs in June could, potentially, join the lawsuit, the newspaper said.

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