Class action lawsuits filed by employees against Blackjewel


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CHARLESTON, WV (WJHL) – Class action lawsuits have been filed against a bankrupt coal operator by employees claiming the company violated labor laws.

A lawsuit against Blackjewel LLC was filed in US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. According to WYMT, a similar lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Kentucky.

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The lawsuits claim Blackjewel failed to pay wages and benefits and provide adequate notice before suddenly closing operations and laying off hundreds of employees.

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The class actions aim to recover unpaid wages and benefits.

The West Virginia lawsuit was filed by Mountain State Justice, Inc.

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