This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Feb. 21 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
DEERFIELD VALLEY — The Vermont Department of Labor conducted a “rapid response” to the Hermitage Club, where jobs were terminated this week.
“The club will be providing support to the individuals who have been affected,” said Meridith Dennes, spokeswoman for the Hermitage. “Our primary goal is to work with our labor force to find jobs. We brought in the Department of Labor to make sure people are placed in a timely manner.”
The decision to layoff workers had to do with “preserving the long-term health” of the company, this week’s unseasonably warm weather and less families coming up due to sports starting up, said Dennes.
She said all contracts for foreign employees on work visas are still being honored. She acknowledged the company’s financial struggles have been “no secret.”
The Hermitage runs a private ski resort at Haystack Mountain, a real estate group, a golf course, and inns and restaurants in the Deerfield Valley. The company experienced troubles paying taxes in two towns, water/sewer bills and vendors. Poor weather in the 2015-16 season, state permitting delays and a slow membership drive have been blamed for the shortfall. Complaints alleging illegal real estate activities and sex discrimination/retaliation have recently been filed with authorities.
Lindsay Kurrle, commissioner of the Department of Labor, told the Reformer teams respond to a business facing layoffs or closure “by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to a company or worker.”
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