Covering Louisiana

Jan 10, 2014 4:36 PM by AP

Suits over newspaper layoffs move to federal court

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Several lawsuits over layoffs by The Times-Picayune and its owner have been transferred from state to federal court, although the move may be temporary.

Eight former employees of the New Orleans newspaper and parent company Advance Publications Inc. sued in December, claiming the 2012 layoffs violated age discrimination laws and a "job security pledge."

Their cases were transferred from Orleans Parish Civil District Court to federal court on Friday at the newspaper's request. Lawyers for the newspaper argued that federal laws govern some of the lawsuits' claims.

The plaintiffs were 46 to 59 years old when they lost jobs ranging from warehouse worker to reporter. Their lawsuits say they either were not allowed to apply or applied unsuccessfully for lower-paid replacement jobs.

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