Tornado-hit factory sued; workers said they couldn’t leave

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Survivors of a tornado that leveled a Kentucky candle factory have filed a lawsuit against their employer.

They claim Mayfield Consumer Products demonstrated “flagrant indifference” by refusing to allow employees to go home early.

The suit was filed in state court. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages from the company.

A spokesman for the company didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

Company CEO Troy Propes said Wednesday that the company is confident its team leaders “acted entirely appropriately” leading up to the tornado.

The suit was filed less than a week after the storms that began Friday night hit multiple states.

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