Ignoring the notice period?
Former employees sue Tesla in Texas
US carmaker Tesla is said to have fired hundreds of employees in June, without meeting the statutory 60-day notice period. Two of the affected people are now planning a class action lawsuit against the company.
US electric car maker Tesla is pilloried in Texas on suspicion of mass layoffs without respecting the notice period. According to the lawsuit, two former workers said they were fired in June at the Sparks Gigafactory without warning. As a result, Tesla put more than 500 employees on the road in June. Under US labor law (“Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act”), a notice period of 60 days is required for such mass layoffs.
“Tesla simply informed employees that their terminations would go into effect immediately,” the lawsuit reads. Former employees are filing a class action. Tesla hasn’t commented on this yet.
Former employees ask for wages and benefits for the 60 days. “It is quite shocking that Tesla so blatantly violates federal labor laws by firing so many workers without meeting the required notice period,” said attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, representing the plaintiffs. Tesla is offering some employees a one-week severance pay. You are therefore preparing an emergency application so that the group cannot redeem itself with the low severance pay.
Tesla boss Elon Musk announced earlier this month that he would be cutting thousands of jobs at the electric car maker out of fear of a recession. At that time, there was talk of one job in ten. In an internal email to executives, Musk wrote that he has “a bad feeling” about economic development. Contradictory, a tweet from Musk appeared shortly thereafter, announcing that the electric car company’s total number of employees is expected to increase over the next twelve months.