In an effort to block the possible layoffs of 213 city employees, the Costa Mesa Employees Assn. has filed a complaint with the Orange County Superior Court, according to a news release issued by the group Monday.
The complaint includes a request for an immediate temporary restraining order, according to the release, which named Costa Mesa Chief Executive Tom Hatch.
"As we have said since the very beginning, the city did not have legal authority to take this action," Nick Berardino, the association's general manager, said in a prepared statement. "The council majority has had a series of opportunities to avoid litigation, but they ignored repeated public and private warnings and instead irresponsibly chose to send layoff notices unlawfully to half of the city's workers."