Sunday, January 18, 2009

Important Administrative Message

On January 12, 2009, I, along with 90+% of my co-workers, was laid off with no formal notice from Goody's Family Clothing, a large Southeastern retailer in the midst of complete liquidation. I was let go without any severance pay, accrued vacation/personal time pay, nor benefits. Needless to say, this action has put a great hindrance upon me and my family.

The owners of the company, Prentice Capital, New York, appear to have ignored the U.S. Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification ("WARN") Act, which requires medium-sized and larger businesses to notify employees 60 days prior to a mass layoff at any one facility. The size of Goody's Family Clothing, plus the large numbers of employees, makes the WARN Act seem applicable to my situation. Private discussions with some employees indicate that a class action lawsuit may be filed, but this will not help now.

Posts to this blog and, sadly, getting stamps for my stamp collection, will be suspended until I can get re-established and back on my feet. Coupled with a family member's medical emergency in August, this has been a rather tumultuous year.

I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

Tony Servies
Owner, Stamps of Distinction