May 22, 2018
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Ashland man sues over Fraser layoffs

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Ashland man has sued Fraser Timber Inc. and Fraser Papers Inc. in U.S. District Court, alleging that the company violated federal law when it failed last month to give workers at its lumber mills 60 days’ notice that they would be laid off.

Alan Nason, 50, worked at Fraser’s lumber mill in Masardis until he was terminated Jan. 2, according to the complaint filed Jan. 28.

He alleges that Fraser did not give employees 60 days’ written notice as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

William Peterson, Fraser’s director of human resources, said Friday from his Madawaska office that the lawsuit is without merit.

“It’s our belief that the lawsuit is premature and without merit,” he said Friday. “The company has complied with the WARN Act and we intend to vigorously oppose this lawsuit.”

Fraser Timber earlier this year shut down its mills in Ashland and Masardis, where 201 people were employed, Peterson said.

The lawsuit is seeking class action status to cover all the employees that Nason claims were laid off. He is seeking unpaid wages and benefits for the 60 days that Nason claims he would have earned during the 60-day notice period.

Efforts to reach Nason and his New York attorney were unsuccessful this week.

Fraser’s attorney has 20 days to answer the complaint after he receives it.

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