A new lawsuit has been filed against Tesla, accusing the electric car company of unlawfully firing numerous workers without providing advance notice.
Filed by two former Tesla employees over the weekend, the suit claims over 500 staffers were fired from Tesla’s Sparks, Nevada plant recently.
The suit claims that this is in violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires companies to provide a 60-day notification period about layoffs. The workers are seeking pay and benefits for this period of time.
“Tesla has simply notified the employees that their terminations would be effective immediately,” the complaint read.
CEO Elon Musk warned about potential layoffs just this month, stating that maybe 10% of its employees could be fired due to his “super bad feeling” about the economy.
“Let’s not read too much into a pre-emptive lawsuit that has no standing,” said Musk during the Qatar Economic Forum. “It seems like anything related to Tesla gets a lot of clicks, whether it is trivial or significant. I would put that lawsuit you’re referring to in the trivial category.”