Former Commercial Metals employees sue over severance package

David Yates Feb. 2, 2012, 8:28am

Several former employees of Commercial Metals Co. in Beaumont have banded together and filed suit against the company, alleging they have not received all the severance benefits they were promised.

The suit was filed Jan. 30 in Jefferson County District Court by plaintiffs Alfred Adams Jr., Bradley Owens, Ray Jeter, Greg Ingram and Joshua Powell.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 30 the plaintiffs were informed that their employment would be terminated due to the closing of Commercial Metal's Beaumont steel facility.

The plaintiffs were promised a severance package and bonuses; however Adams and Owens did not receive their bonuses.

All of the plaintiffs allege they have not received all of their severance benefits, the suit states.

The suit alleges Commercial Metals breached its agreement by having the plaintiffs sign a release of liability in order to receive severance payments then failing to make the payments.

The plaintiffs are seeking actual damages and attorney's fees.

Beaumont attorney Joe Dodson represents them.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D191-845

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