Hourly employees at Colortree Group got a final paycheck deposited into their bank accounts on Monday, but salaried workers did not get their full amount.
About 240 employees, who were laid off when the Henrico County-based company abruptly shut down on June 3, had expected to get their final paychecks last Friday.
“I was really happy to see it. I wasn’t expecting it,” said Carl Voltz, who worked as a printing press operator for the past 20 months, about getting money deposited into his bank account. But he said he did not get paid for his accrued vacation time or for working part of the day on June 3.
The company had about 40 salaried employees who did not get the full amount, a couple of employees said. One employee, who asked that his name not be used, said his final paycheck was nearly half of what it normally was.
William Mack, Colortree Group’s vice president of human resources, sent an email to some employees: “Colortree paid employees through Monday, June 3rd, the close down date. Colortree did not pay salary employees for the full pay period that ended in June 7th.”
Colortree Group, which has operated for more than 30 years printing direct-mail envelopes, flyers, brochures and other products, abruptly closed its offices and plant at 8000 Villa Park Drive, located off East Parham Road near Brook Road.
The company filed a WARN Act notice informing officials of the job cuts at its plant. The notice did not give a reason for the closure.
James “Pat” Patterson, Colortree’s owner and its president and CEO, could not be reached for comment.
Last Thursday, an employee at Colortree Group who lost his job filed a federal lawsuit seeking lost wages for being let go without the required federal 60-day termination notice under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN Act. The suit also seeks class action status for all of the employees who were laid off.