Attorney general supports Koffee Kup workers’ lawsuit for back pay

May 19 2021, 2:53 PM

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has filed a court brief in support of a lawsuit by former Koffee Kup Bakery workers seeking nearly $800,000 in back pay.

“Koffee Kup employees earned these wages and this money should be paid back to them,” Donovan said in a statement Wednesday. The employees are seeking $797,568.17 in paid time off they accrued through their work.

Some 250 bakery employees arrived at Koffee Kup’s Vermont operations in Burlington and Brattleboro on April 26 to find their buildings abruptly shuttered without explanation.

Donovan’s brief states that both Koffee Kup’s court-appointed receiver and Key Bank have refused to pay the accrued paid time off to employees since the business closed, and Donovan says that’s a violation of Vermont law.

The workers filed their lawsuit in Chittenden Superior Court.

— Kevin O’Connor