Class Action suit filed against FirstMed

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Submitted: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 1:41am
Updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 1:59pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New details are emerging about fallout from the closure of Wilmington based First Med EMS.

Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed in federal court alleging the company violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, because it did not provide at least 60 days’ notice of termination.

“I thought it was a bad joke,” said former FirstMed employee Elaine Carriker. “When I walked in Friday night I thought something was funny and I kept asking questions and I was told to mind my own business.”

Attorney Jack Raisner, who filed the suit on behalf of former First Med employee Branden Engle, says the layoffs could not have come at a worse time.

“The losses to the employees are numerous,” said Jack Raisner. “It’s bad enough to lose your job, but to lose it without notice, you lose it at a time when you’re going to lose your ability to take care of your holiday obligations and your piece of mind is gone. Perhaps most perilously you are losing your health insurance at the same time.”

The suit seeks payouts to recover 60 days’ pay and bonuses, accrued holiday and vacation pay, pension and 401(k) contributions and unemployment benefits.

“All of the employees as far as we know have been terminated without notice over the last 3 or 4 days,” said Raisner. “That is in our view in violation of a statute that says employees in a mass layoff have to be given 60 days advanced written notice.”

If you are a former FirstMed employee and wish to become a part of the class action lawsuit you can contact the Outten & Golden Law Firm at (212)245-1000.

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2 Comments on "Class Action suit filed against FirstMed"

2015 years 8 months ago

These idiot lawyers think they can make a case. If First Med is out of business Chapter 7 bankrupt they cant get blood out of a stone cold dead company.. There is little to no chance they can go after management/ownership unless you can prove criminal malfeasence and or a peircing of the corporate veil. You dont see these bloodsucking ambulance chasers (pun intended) going after the avg resturant with a bunch of employees who suddenly locks the doors and shuts down.. Its all about trying to make them money in the end and gain noterity not solve the unfortunately situation for these hard working EMTs and Paramedics out of work.

Former FMEMS
2015 years 8 months ago

The company closed down all operations in VA, NC, SC, OH, WV, Ky without notice last Friday, Dec 6. According to some employees who were contacted, the company cited bankruptcy as the reason. The bankruptcy was filed on Wed. Dec 11. The situation did not have to end this way and original First Med founders, after devising a workable solution, a solution endorsed by Gibson, left or were dismissed awhile ago as they simply could not condone the business practices.

The question that should be investigated is: Do current executives stand to benefit from this bankruptcy personally for the CEO’s own company in AL at the expense of all loyal First Med EMS employees, patients and customers? There may be bars of the non-alcoholic type in the future.
I urge all fired employees to leave a message for Mr. Gibson or at least his employees at his other company, Shoals Ambulance 256-381-7900 or drop him a or warn his employees at Shoals Ambulance, 201 West Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals, AL 35661. Inundate them with regular calls.

You may also want to express your views to Samarth Chandra, Chairman of the First Med EMS Board or Andrew Paul, an EEF founder and his boss at Enhanced Equity Funds:
Enhanced Equity Funds
601 Lexington Avenue, 55th floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 207-3386

Of course, like the coward does, Chandra has removed all reference to First Med EMS in his EEF profile.