Former Klaussner Furniture workers react to shutdown

ASHEBORO – A lawsuit has been filed against Klaussner Furniture after the Asheboro-based company abruptly ceased operations last week.

Former employees of the manufacturing company allege that Klaussner Furniture didn’t provide proper notice of the shutdown.

Information in notification from Klaussner Furniture that was listed as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act shows that 884 jobs were to be lost.

The WARN Act requires employers to provide 60 days’ notice. The shortened time frame on the notice came from what appeared to be unforeseen business issues.

The company, which had been operating since 1963, announced Aug. 7 that it was shutting down operations at all its facilities.

Assistance for out-of-job workers is available through NC Works. A hiring event was slated for earlier this week at Randolph Community College in Asheboro.

“We are hosting a series of career fairs to provide next steps to former employees of Klaussner Furniture,” according to information from NC Works. “All events are open to the public.”

Additional career and resource fairs are scheduled for Aug. 22 at RCC’s Archdale campus and Aug. 29 at RCC in Asheboro. Those are both scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

By Randolph Record