Tesla closes US office, lays off 229 Autopilot team employees


Elon Musk run Tesla has laid off 229 annotation workers from its automatic pilot team and closed one of its offices in the US.

According to a regulatory filing in the US state of California and seen by TechCrunch, Tesla fired employees from its San Mateo office, which employed 276 employees.

The remaining 47 employees could be sent to work in Tesla’s Buffalo Autopilot office, according to the report.

“Most workers had average low-skill, low-pay jobs, such as Autopilot data labels, which determine whether Tesla’s algorithm identified an object well or badly,” the report added.

The layoffs are part of the 10 percent reduction in salaried staff that Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced last month.

Tesla began laying off salaried employees after Musk’s announcement, which would result in a roughly 3.5 percent reduction in Tesla’s overall workforce.

Tesla employs more than 100,000 people at all its facilities.

A team of lawyers representing former Tesla employees who were fired last month have filed for emergency protection for the fired workers in a US court.

In a motion filed with the US District Court for the Western District of Texasthe lawyers asked the judge to “limit Tesla’s ability to continue seeking employee release in exchange for a week’s layoff”.

Prosecutors alleged that during layoffs, the company failed to provide the 60-day notice required by federal law.

Tesla employees John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield were asked last month to leave Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Nevada, USA, along with more than 500 other employees.

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