Former Tesla Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. electric car company, alleging that its decision to conduct a “mass layoff” violated federal law because the company failed to notify the advance of job cuts. The lawsuit was filed last Sunday in Texas by two workers who claim they were fired from Tesla’s gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, in June. According to the complaint, more than 500 employees were fired at the Nevada plant. The workers allege the company failed to comply with federal mass layoff laws that require a 60-day notification period under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. act).
They are seeking class-action status for all former Tesla employees across the United States who were terminated in May or June without notice.
“Tesla simply informed the employees that their dismissal would take effect immediately,” the complaint states.
Tesla, which did not comment on the number of layoffs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.
Musk, the world’s richest person, said earlier this month he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and that Tesla needed to cut staff by about 10%, according to an email seen by Reuters.
More than 20 people identifying themselves as Tesla employees said they had been fired, fired or had their jobs eliminated this month, according to online posts and interviews with Reuters.
The action brought by John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, who were fired on June 10 and June 15, respectively, seeks compensation and benefits for the 60-day notice period.
“It is quite shocking that Tesla blatantly violated federal labor laws by firing so many workers without giving them the required notice,” Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer representing the workers, told Reuters.
She said Tesla was only offering some employees one week of severance pay, adding that she was preparing an emergency motion with a court to try to stop Tesla from getting discharges from them. employees in exchange for a single week of severance pay.
The complaint was filed in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas.
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