Trulieve faces lawsuit over employee layoffs

Workers laid off by Trulieve have filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging the Tallahassee-based company failed to give adequate notice before letting them go.

Trulieve, which operates in nine states, including Florida, laid off an unspecified number of workers over the past few weeks at facilities in North Florida, where its grow operations are based. The lawsuit alleges Trulieve failed to comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires advance notice before plant closings or mass layoffs.

Tallahassee attorney Tiffany Cruz filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ranjill O'Neil, who worked at the company's Quincy location. The lawsuit said workers at Trulieve operations in Quincy, Monticello, and Midway were laid off. It said federal law requires Trulieve to give employees at least 60 days' notice before termination but did not do so. The lawsuit seeks certification as a class action.

Trulieve disputed the allegations. Trulieve "has complied with all state and federal laws with regards to reductions in force," Tallahassee attorney Glenn Burhans, Jr., a partner in the Stearns Weaver Miller firm, said in a statement Thursday. "Where possible, Trulieve offered impacted employees new positions at the same site or at other sites in the area. Where transfers were not feasible or accepted, employees were offered severance packages," the statement said.

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