As Elon Musk announced the cut of 10% of Tesla’s workforce, those who were laid off took to social media and professional networking platforms to record their fate after their dream of working at an electric car maker suddenly collapsed.
The electric car maker began laying off workers after Musk announced a workforce reduction last week, which would cut Tesla’s total workforce by around 3.5%.
Tesla employs more than 100,000 people at its facilities.
In a post on LinkedIn, Iain Abshier said he had “a punch” that he would be included in Tesla’s layoffs after just two weeks on the job.
“Waking up this morning jobless from 9am to 5pm for the first time in my adult life, and a weekend full of contemplation, I have come to realize that even though a career in recruitment/acquisition of talents has been fulfilling, it’s not my passion,” he posted.
Another terminated Tesla employee, Robert Belovodskij, wrote that he had been informed that the offer he had signed to return full-time to Tesla had been “cancelled due to the current hiring freeze and reduction in 10% of the workforce”.
“It was a big blow for me, especially because I turned down another full-time offer to come back to my team at Tesla,” he posted on LinkedIn.
Electrek reported that while Musk talks about only cutting salaried workforces, Tesla is “also laying off hourly workers across its organization.”
Surprisingly, the layoffs came as Tesla was in the midst of a tough end-of-quarter delivery spree, even the Gigafactory Shanghai was closed for a significant portion of the quarter due to Covid lockdowns.
“In addition to this, Tesla is also attracting employees from its sales and delivery teams across North America to work in service centers,” the report said.
“I spoke with 4 software engineers who were fired in California last week. Each of them was fired for performance reasons on the spot. Like hundreds of others that week. Tesla is trying to hide its massive layoffs,” said a software engineer. and tech writer Gergely Orosz posted on Twitter.
A CGI animation manager, who worked at the company for more than six years, said: “I’m sad to be leaving. I really enjoyed my job and I’m proud of the work I produced. .”
Christopher Bousigues, national manager of Tesla in Singapore, announced that he had been made redundant as part of the job cuts at Tesla.
Some former employees who were fired in the ongoing mass layoffs have sued Tesla, accusing it of violating federal law in the United States.
John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, who worked at Tesla’s Gigafactory in the state of Nevada, said in the lawsuit that they were among “more than 500” Gigafactory employees who were terminated.
According to the lawsuit, Tesla’s mass layoff violates the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
The law requires employers to give workers at least 60 days notice before closing a facility or laying off 50 or more workers from the same site.
“Tesla failed to give plaintiffs and class members written notice of their termination,” the lawsuit reads.
Musk, however, called the lawsuit “trivial.”
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