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  • Tesla has laid off workers who only started working for the company months or even weeks ago.

  • An intern had his full-time offer rescinded, while a recruiter was made redundant after just two weeks.

  • An official said Tesla threatened to cut health insurance if he refused severance pay.

Tesla workers who started their jobs only months or even weeks ago have been laid off while others have had their offers withdrawn as the company begins to impose the cuts announced by Elon Musk in early June.

Insider found a number of posts from Tesla employees who said they were laid off as part of the cut, while others had their job offers rescinded.

Paul Brotherton, a senior project manager who only started in January, told Insider: “I was very shocked when I was told I was being made redundant. As a manager, I had felt that my position was secure.”

When asked how Tesla decided which roles to cut, he replied, “They said the layoffs were based on performance reviews, but that’s a lie, because I’ve only been at Tesla for a long time. 5 months and I hadn’t set any performance goals or performance reviews yet.. I asked what metrics they were using and they refused to tell me.”

“The process was definitely not fair because I was never given the team I asked for.”

Brotherton said the whole process was very cold: “My manager wouldn’t look at me and shake my hand when I said goodbye.”

He added that “the severance package was very unfair because they basically force you to agree by threatening to cut medical insurance.”

Iain Abshier, who was part of the recruiting team, said in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday: “Shit, talk about a punch. On Friday afternoon, I was included in Tesla’s layoffs after only two weeks of work.

Robert Belovodskij had his job offer as a “Manufacturing Controls Development Engineer” rescinded. He said: “The timing of the situation is also unfortunate as I was due to start in early August.”

In early June, Musk told Tesla executives to halt all hiring because he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and needed to cut 10% of the company’s workforce. However, he later tweeted that the workforce would increase, but the number of employees would not increase.

Mansi Chandresha started at Tesla in February as a data analyst and posted on LinkedIn after learning she was laid off: “I tried to prepare for the news that my position at Tesla has been terminated.”

Nonetheless, she added, “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a fantastic team.”

Chandresha said she is urgently looking for a new role before her student visa expires at the end of July.

Two former employees are suing the company, claiming the electric car maker violated federal law by firing hundreds of employees on short notice.

John Lynch and Daxton Hartsfield, who filed the lawsuit, said at least 500 of their colleagues in Nevada lost their jobs around the same time, the document said.

Insider found at least 11 other workers whose jobs had been cut. Others are likely to suffer the same fate, as Musk said at the Qatar Economic Forum last week that the cut would take effect over the next three months.

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