Several workers injured after a Mayfield candle factory was leveled by a tornado are taking action against the company by filing a lawsuit.The employees are claiming that as the tornado warnings came in, they were told they would lose their jobs if they left the factory, owned by Mayfield Consumer Products.The lawsuit claims the factory had “up to three and half hours before the tornado hit its place of business to allow its employees to leave its worksite as safety precautions.” The factory showed “flagrant indifference to the rights” of the workers by refusing to do so, the lawsuit said.The lawsuit also alleges serious violations of worker safety laws and a massive cover-up scheme to protect the interest of the candle factory in western Kentucky. One of the attorneys representing the survivors, William Davis, calls the factory “a modern-day sweatshop.” Mayfield Consumer Products representatives are denying the claims. A spokesman for the company insisted that employees were free to leave anytime, according to a report from The Associated Press.Gov. Andy Beshear says his office will thoroughly investigate the factory since they are required to investigate any workplace deaths. Eight people were killed when the tornado moved over the factory.More than 100 people were working on holiday candle orders when the twister leveled the facility. The scale of the damage initially stoked fears that scores of workers could be found dead in the rubble.The company later said many employees who survived left the site and went to homes with no phone service, adding to the confusion over who was missing.Since then, all workers have been accounted for, according to state and local officials who have spoken to the company. Louisville Emergency Management Director E.J. Meiman said late Monday that authorities now “have a high level of confidence that nobody is left in this building.”Attorneys said the employees will share their stories of survival Friday on a live gospel radio program.

Several workers injured after a Mayfield candle factory was leveled by a tornado are taking action against the company by filing a lawsuit.

The employees are claiming that as the tornado warnings came in, they were told they would lose their jobs if they left the factory, owned by Mayfield Consumer Products.

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The lawsuit claims the factory had “up to three and half hours before the tornado hit its place of business to allow its employees to leave its worksite as safety precautions.” The factory showed “flagrant indifference to the rights” of the workers by refusing to do so, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit also alleges serious violations of worker safety laws and a massive cover-up scheme to protect the interest of the candle factory in western Kentucky. One of the attorneys representing the survivors, William Davis, calls the factory “a modern-day sweatshop.”

Mayfield Consumer Products representatives are denying the claims. A spokesman for the company insisted that employees were free to leave anytime, according to a report from The Associated Press.

Gov. Andy Beshear says his office will thoroughly investigate the factory since they are required to investigate any workplace deaths. Eight people were killed when the tornado moved over the factory.

More than 100 people were working on holiday candle orders when the twister leveled the facility. The scale of the damage initially stoked fears that scores of workers could be found dead in the rubble.

The company later said many employees who survived left the site and went to homes with no phone service, adding to the confusion over who was missing.

Since then, all workers have been accounted for, according to state and local officials who have spoken to the company. Louisville Emergency Management Director E.J. Meiman said late Monday that authorities now “have a high level of confidence that nobody is left in this building.”

Attorneys said the employees will share their stories of survival Friday on a live gospel radio program.

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