A year after filing suit, several former employees of Commercial Metals Co. amended their suit against the company, which alleges they have not received all the severance benefits they were promised.

As previously reported, the suit was originally filed Jan. 30, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court by plaintiffs Alfred Adams Jr., Bradley Owens, Ray Jeter, Greg Ingram and Joshua Powell.

The plaintiffs’ first amended petition was filed March 7, court papers say.

The amended petition alleges that on Aug. 30, 2011, 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 of Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard represents them.

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

Case No. D191-845

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