Tesla, Inc... The company’s decision to dismiss about 10% of its employees was sued by some ex-employees who allegedly violated federal law because they did not provide the advance notice necessary to reduce headcount.
Two workers fired this month from Tesla’s battery factory near Reno, Nevada, said the company filed a 60-day notice under the Workers Coordination and Retraining Notice Act late Sunday in a U.S. District Court case. Claims not to comply with the requirements. Austin, Texas.
According to the lawsuit, John Lynch and Duxton Heartsfield, who worked at the factory for about five years, were one of more than 500 employees fired at the facility. Neither of the two men claims to have been given advance notice of termination. They are seeking class proceeding status in proceedings on behalf of others who became part of the mass dismissal in May and June.
The so-called warning law requires companies to notify 60 days in advance of mass dismissals that affect more than 50 employees on a single site. Lynch said he was dismissed on June 10 and was notified that it was in effect immediately, and Heartsfield said he was notified on June 15.
“Tesla has begun to dismiss people outright ignoring warnings,” Boston-based employment lawyer Shannon Lis Riodan, who represents workers, said in an interview Monday.
Tesla did not respond to requests for comment on the proceedings.
EV maker Led by Elon MuskCurrently headquartered in Austin, has grown to approximately 100,000 employees worldwide and has been hired rapidly in recent months. The headcount reductions that have affected everyone, from talent to software engineers, have surprised many.
Plaintiffs are seeking attorneys’ fees and costs, as well as compensation and benefits for 60 days after notification of termination.
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