Carol Ostrow May 6, 2015, 12:26pm


A Tyler man has filed a class action suit against his former employer for allegedly violating a requirement to give notice of impending layoffs.

Donald Phillips filed a class action lawsuit May 1 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Patterson-UTI Drilling Co.

The lawsuit states the defendant violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 when it failed to provide "written notice to plaintiff and similarly situated individuals in connection with recent mass layoffs and/or plant closing" at the defendant's Tyler factory.

Phillips and the class members, totaling more than 50, seek back pay, benefits, pre- and post-judgment interest, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attorney William S. Hommel Jr. of the Hommel Law Firm in Tyler.
Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number: 2:15-cv-00582

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