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Velodyne LiDAR Sued for COVID-19 Layoffs

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April 13, 2020—Velodyne LiDAR is being sued for allegedly improperly cutting 140 jobs with only one day's notice, according to multiple reports.

The company was accused of using the COVID-19 virus pandemic as cover to shift jobs overseas, reported Silicon Valley Business Journal.

“One day of written notice” was provided to the workers dismissed from their jobs at the Velodyne Lidar offices in south San Jose, according to the lawsuit filed April 3 in San Jose’s U.S. District Court on behalf of plaintiff Benjamin Siers, according to The Mercury News.

The lawsuit claims that Velodyne LiDAR had already begun in the summer of 2019 to transfer production jobs overseas and had planned to continue doing so.

Velodyne said in a statement to the Silicon Valley Business Journal  that the rapid spread of the COVId-19 virus resulted in unexpected changes in business conditions.

Velodyne's founder and its chairman, David Hall, is credited with inventing the way that lidar, a laser sensor technology that was originally developed for satellites around 1961, could be used to help guide self-driving vehicles.

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