Tesla accused of violating federal law over ‘mass layoffs’ at Gigafactory - The Verge
Tesla is accused of failing to provide workers with 60 days’ notice before terminating 50 or more employees. The former Gigafactory workers say that 500 employees were laid off.
Two former Tesla employees have filed a lawsuit claiming the company violated federal law for failing to provide 60 days’ notice for a mass layoff.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Sunday, follows the news that Tesla plans on laying off hourly workers, after Tesla CEO Elon Musk initially stated that the hourly workers were likely to be unaffected by the layoffs.
The lawsuit was filed by John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, both of whom worked at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, when the layoffs began in early June. The two former employees allege they were among “more than 500” Gigafactory employees who were terminated.
According to Lynch and Hartsfield, the mass layoff violates the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers to notify workers at least 60 calendar days in advance before shutting down a facility or laying off 50 or more workers from the same site.
“Tesla has failed to give Plaintiffs and the Class Members any advance written notice of their terminations,” the lawsuit reads. “Instead, Tesla has simply notified the employees that their terminations would be effective immediately. Tesla has also failed to provide a statement of the basis for reducing the notification period to zero days advance notice.”