Lawyers: Market Basket Workers Fired Illegally

Lawyers for eight fired Market Basket managers says the company’s new CEOs face legal action for wrongful termination and failure to reinstate the employees.

Attorney Douglas I. Louison of Louison, Costello, Condon & Pfaff, LLP, Boston, represents Tom Trainor, Tom Gordon, Joe Garon, Steve Paulenka, Jim Lacourse, Joe Schmidt, Dean Joyce and Mike Kettenbach.

“You have illegally withheld and refused to pay them their earned wages and benefits and have further failed to provide them with a full accounting of their vested profit sharing plan,” Louison wrote in a letter to co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch.

Yesterday, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and her N.H. counterpart Joseph Foster issued a similar warning to Keith Cowan, Market Basket board chairman, and Gooch and Thornton.

“These laws ensure timely payment of all wages and protect other workplace rights. We wish to remind you of your company’s obligations to workers whose employment may be terminated, whether or not a result of any restructuring or reorganization”