Class action status granted in hospital case

Staff Report

Yadkin County’s legal battle with former Yadkin Valley Hospital operations company HMC/CAH is over, but the battle is just beginning for former hospital employees.

Three former employees — Carrie Hutson, Jeanna Simmons and Jenifer Swanner — filed a class action suit against the company in September of 2015. A federal judge granted the class-action status last week.

“We’re happy that the court has certified the class,” said local attorney Lee Zachary, who is involved with the case. “There’s a lot more to do.”

The case centers around the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), which requires a 60-day notification to employees and local government officials of job cuts affecting 50 or more employees. HMC/CAH shut down the hospital on May 22, 2015. HMC/CAH indicated that a WARN notice was issued to employees in February of 2015, but employees at the hospital claim they were told to disregard that notice. The notice was not filed with local officials as required by law.

Zachary said there is more to do on the case. He said co-counsel with Taibi Kornbluth Law Group PA have been to Kansas City, where HMC/CAH is based, and taken multiple depositions.

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