16 unemployed after Northampton restaurant abruptly closed

Pioneer Valley Workers Center is condemning the lack of notice

NPORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Zen Restaurant in Northampton abruptly closed its doors for good on Tuesday, and now 16 workers are out of a job and claim they had no notice.

The owners of the Zen Restaurant posted a closed sign on their window. Workers said they were only told at close Monday night the restaurant was closing, and they’d be jobless.

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center is condemning the lack of notice, and is fighting to get these employees severance pay. Rose Bookbinder said, “It shows a total lack of respect and dignity for these workers and their lives and their responsibilities. Some of them worked there more than 72 hours a week.”

Bookbinder plans to help the workers file a lawsuit, and a complaint with the Attorney General’s office.

22News tried contacting the owners Tuesday night, but they were unavailable for comment.

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