Published on June 22nd, 2022 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Tesla Employees Sue Company For Mass Layoff
Two Tesla employees are suing the company for the recent job loss.
Tesla Inc. is being sued by some former employees who claim the company’s decision to lay off about 10 percent of its workforce violated federal law by failing to provide the required advance notice for the job cuts.
Well, no one likes to lose their job and especially when the owner of the company is the richest man in the world.
This comes after Tesla’s Elon Musk made a statement in early June 2022 that there might be a 10 percent reduction in jobs as the global economy starts retracting.
Just a week ago the Tesla Country manager in Singapore was laid off just months after Tesla opened its showroom and after sales in the island state.
Two workers fired this month from Tesla’s battery factory near Reno, Nevada, allege the company didn’t comply with the 60-day notification requirement under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, according to the lawsuit they filed late Sunday in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas.
John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, who worked at the plant for about five years, were among more than 500 employees at the facility that were let go, according to the suit. The two men claim neither was given any advance notice of the termination. They are seeking class-action status for their lawsuit on behalf of others who were part of mass layoffs in May and June.
The so-called WARN Act requires companies to provide 60-day notice before any mass layoff affecting 50 or more employees at a single site. Lynch said he was notified June 10 that he’d been terminated, effective immediately, and Hartsfield said he was notified June 15.
“Tesla started laying people off in blatant disregard for the WARN act,” Shannon Liss-Riordan, an employment attorney based in Boston who is representing the workers, said in an interview Monday.
Tesla didn’t respond to requests for comment about the lawsuit.
The EV maker led by Elon Musk, now headquartered in Austin, has grown to about 100,000 employees globally and has hired rapidly in recent months. The job cuts, which have impacted everyone from human resources representatives to software engineers, caught many by surprise.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensation and benefits for 60 days after their termination notice, along with attorneys’ fees and costs.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk played down the lawsuit as “trivial”.
“Let’s not read too much into a pre-emptive lawsuit that has no standing,” he said at the Qatar Economic Forum organised by Bloomberg.
“It seems like anything related to Tesla gets a lot of clicks, whether it is trivial or significant. I would put that lawsuit you’re referring to in the trivial category.”