California is well known for labor regulations that are typically more stringent than elsewhere in the United States, and as a result it is often a hot bed of activity for labor and employment suits. These suits have increasingly focused on the employment standards of tech companies, including well-known names in the Silicon Valley and Southern California. Most recently they’ve targeted Elon Musk’s SpaceX operations, with allegations that the company did not follow state regulations before a layoff.
In early August, two former Space X technicians filed suit against the company, saying that it did not follow state law when it laid off between 200-400 workers. Under California’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Law (WARN), companies must give employees notice of an impending layoff so they have an opportunity to seek employment elsewhere.