Former Merrymeeting workers join court case

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BRUNSWICK — Former employees of Merrymeeting Behavioral Health Associates have hired Portland-based law firm Drummond Woodsum to represent their interests after the mental health services company unexpectedly closed April 1. The law firm filed papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland.

Merrymeeting’s closing left nearly 200 employees without jobs. They are seeking legal support to advocate for their claims relating to violations of state and federal employment statutes. 

Merrymeeting abruptly shut down when it learned it would no longer receive MaineCare funding that covered 80 percent of its services. The organization filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on May 24. 

According to a press release from Drummond Woodsum, Merrymeeting employees may be entitled to repayment of nearly $12,500 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.