The defunct Thelen law firm is telling state and federal courts its hands were tied when it closed shop last year and did not pay its employees accrued vacation or give 60 days' notice of their impending joblessness. The firm filed a response Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court to a class action brought by former employees seeking damages under the federal WARN Act. The firm said its WARN obligations were impossible to fulfill and that informing employees would have jeopardized attempts to secure a loan.
Thelen Says It Can't Pay Laid-Off Workers
February 9, 2009