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Displaced Pennsylvania workers seeking unemployment compensation

Unemployment compensation is just one of the areas of interest for nearly 1,000 employees of a Snyder County company who went to work one morning

only to be told their plant was being closed immediately and that they were out of jobs that day.

In fact, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office is investigating numerous complaints about how the closure was handled. Several former employees of the plant also have contacted law enforcement with their complaints.

"There is a lot of concern, as there would be in a closing of this magnitude," the Snyder County district attorney told The Daily Item in Sunbury. "There are a lot of questions and confusion. People deserve to get answers to those questions."

Even U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has questions about how the 77-year-old plant was able to lay off its 938 employees without warning.

"Common sense and decency would dictate that a community that gave so much to this company would have more warning," Casey said in a conference call with business leaders in the area. "What's particularly disturbing is not just the suddenness but the fact that the company is allowed to do this. How is a company allowed to just pull up stakes?"

The state sent a response team to the community to answer questions about unemployment compensation, health care, credit counseling and new jobs. In all, 727 of the displaced employees attended the question-and-answer session.

Unemployment compensation is one of your rights when you work for a large employer that goes out of business. These employees would be wise to contact an attorney if their company contests their unemployment claims.

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