Employees Suing Fisker for Violating Termination Laws

by Greg Pollowitz

More taxpayer funded loses:


Fisker Automotive — the electric-car maker that was granted a half-billion-dollar federal loan and on Friday dismissed about 75 percent of its remaining workforce — is purportedly facing a lawsuit from the same firm that sued the government-funded Solyndra company.

Fisker laid off 160 of its roughly 210 employees Friday morning from its Anaheim, Calif., location, according to Automotive News.

Employees told the publication they were given no severance pay besides compensation for unused vacation days.

According to the class action suit filed by Outten & Golden, in a California district court, Fisker failed to notify the employees 60 days in advance, violating the federal U.S. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and a similar state WARN Act.

Outten & Golden won a $3.5 million settlement in a similar case against Solyndra, according to Reuters. The solar-panel maker received $535 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration before falling into bankruptcy in 2011. 

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