Two plaintiffs were among 500 workers who were laid off in June from the company’s battery factory in Nevada, USA.
Former Tesla employees have sued the company, claiming that the decision to conducting a “mass layoff” violated federal law by failing to provide required advance notice.
John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, who were among the 500 workers who were laid off in June the Tesla battery factory in Nevada (USA), filed on Sunday with the Western District Court of Texas the lawsuit in which they argue that the company did not comply with the requirement of prior notice of 60 days under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
“Tesla simply notified em employees that their layoffs would be effective immediately,” the lawsuit states.
Both plaintiffs seek to obtain compensation and benefits for 60 days after the notice of dismissal and, in addition, achieve collective status for all workers of Tesla who were laid off in May or June without notice.
“It is quite shocking that Tesla simply blatantly violates federal labor law by laying off so many workers without providing the required notice”, told Reuters Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer representing the workers, noting that the company is offering some employees only one week severance pay.
Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he needed to cut 10% of the company’s workforce, according to Reuters who had access to an email sent by the tycoon to his executives. The reason for this decision was a “super bad feeling” about the economy.