Bakery Workers Must Receive Delayed Payments, Judge Rules

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Employees of the Koffee Kup Bakery in Vermont must be paid in full for the vacation time they earned before their employer suddenly shut down in April, a judge has ruled.

In the spring, 440 employees of Koffee Kup, and an additional 100 at its parent company, Vermont Bread Co. in Brattleboro, arrived to work but found themselves locked out and without jobs, the Brattleboro Reformer reported Monday.

The employees received their final paychecks but they did not receive paid time off.

Flowers Food, the new owner of Koffee Kup and Vermont Bread Company, filed for involuntary bankruptcy in August which delayed the paid time off payments to hundreds of former employees, the newspaper said.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office said that the owners were attempting to claw back money owed to the employees.

On Friday, the company withdrew its request to withhold payments, stating it did not object to a release of the funds.