Lawsuit: Lehman bankruptcy stiffed riffed Jersey workers

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Miron Berenshteyn, a former computer programmer for Lehman Brothers in Jersey City, has filed a $5 million lawsuit alleging the company violated the federal and New Jersey Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Acts when it laid off more than 100 workers in September.

The RIFs came just days before Lehman announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Berenshteyn is suing on behalf of more than 100 employees who worked in the Jersey City data center and the company’s headquarters in Manhattan. The lawsuit seeks class-action status for as many as 1,000 former workers.

Berenshteyn says the company promised to pay workers for 60 days following the layoff, but failed to complete the payments.

The lawsuit seeks 60 days’ pay and benefits under the federal WARN Act. It cites New Jersey’s WARN Act in seeking one week of severance pay for each week of service. 

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