31 Salaried Employees of Stillwater Mine Laid Off
One of the largest employers in Stillwater and Sweet Grass County, Montana, has announced the layoffs of at least 31 employees. Stillwater Mining Company is “the only U.S. producer of palladium and platinum,” according to its website. Stillwater Mining Company is engaged in the development, extraction, processing, smelting, refining and marketing of palladium, platinum and associated metals from a geological formation in southern Montana known as the J-M Reef.
The news of the layoff, as reported in the Billings Gazette, will have an impact on many families in the region. Under Montana law, lay-offs would be subject to Montana’s Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act. By Montana statute, a “discharge” under the Act includes “elimination of the job, layoff for lack of work, failure to recall or rehire, and any other cutback in the number of employees for a legitimate business reason.”
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