HomeTown Buffet cleared after state probe

Posted at 1:39 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 20:02:25-04

The California's Department of Industrial Relations has cleared HomeTown Buffet of any wrongdoing after the company laid off hundreds of workers earlier this year.

The investigation was launched in early February after 10News raised questions over why the company did not give their workers the required 60-day notice under the WARN Act.

HomeTown Buffet abruptly closed numerous restaurants across California, including six in San Diego County.

At the time, an attorney for the company argued that the laws do not apply because no individual restaurant had more than 75 workers at a single location.

"Were my client to include every janitor and other individual retained on an independent contractor basis, the 75 person threshold at each location would still not be met as there simply are very few additional staff retained on that basis," attorney Laura Worsinger told 10News via email in February.

Department of Industrial Relations officials ultimately sided with HomeTown Buffet.