Former employees of the electric car manufacturer Tesla have filed a complaint against the company. Employees say the “mass layoffs” violated federal law since the company did not provide a layoff notice.
The lawsuit was filed late Sunday in Texas. The two workers who filed the lawsuit said they were fired from the Tesla plant in Nevada in June. The lawsuit says more than 500 employees were fired at the 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 Act, according to the lawsuit.
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“Tesla merely informed the employees that their layoffs would be effective 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 that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and that Tesla needed to cut its workforce by about 10%, according to an e -mail seen by Reuters.
More than 20 people identifying themselves as Tesla employees said they were fired, fired or fired this month, according to online posts and interviews with Reuters.
The lawsuit brought by John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, who were fired on June 10 and June 15 respectively, seeks pay and benefits for the 60-day notice period.
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