Claremont layoffs case transferred to federal court

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Governor John Lynch says the owners of a Claremont company that shut down last week are hiding behind legal maneuvers rather than honoring the rights of its former workers.

Customized Structures, Inc., shut down Saturday, putting 120 employees out of work. The company says it is paying workers two weeks of severance, but Lynch says a federal law requires it to pay 60 days of severance. The state asked a Superior Court judge yesterday to freeze the company’s assets and use them to pay the workers.

Instead, the court granted the company’s request to transfer the case to New Hampshire’s U.S. District Court in Concord. A hearing date in the federal court has not been set.

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