More than 20 workers at Straffies Funeral Home were given termination letters yesterday afternoon.
Staff told Observer they were handed the letters by an attorney at 3.30pm Thursday and escorted out of the building by two police officers.
They were apparently told that since the owner of the business, Elizabeth Saunders, died in June they are no longer employed there.
Pamela Sandy, who worked at Straffies for over 25 years, said she was shocked by what happened.
She said the letter indicated that they would be paid whatever is owed to them later, without giving a specific time.