Food service workers sue Progressive Gourmet
Class-action suit claims firm illegally laid off staff
On the morning of July 16, workers at Progressive Gourmet were told they had to reapply for their jobs through a temporary employment agency that wouldn’t provide health insurance and other benefits they received as employees of the Wilmington food service company. Those who refused to agree by 9 a.m. the next day were fired. In all, more than 70 — about one-third of the company’s workforce — lost their jobs. These claims are part of a class-action lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston.