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Chinese Automaker BYD Plans To Hire People In California After State Investigation Finds Labor Law Violations

A BYD E6 electric car, which will be used as a taxi, is seen plugged into a charging unit during a launch ceremony for the line of vehicles in Hong Kong on May 15, 2013. Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Chinese automaker BYD Company Limited (SHE:002594), backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett, has announced plans to hire more local workers in California, after a state investigation into its labor practices resulted in penalties and back wages totaling nearly $100,000 in October.

BYD said in a statement late on Sunday that it had “temporarily loaned” some engineers, battery specialists and design experts to transfer the company’s patented technology from China to its employees in California, and that these experts are not displacing any American workers.

“They are training and providing support to the approximately 40 California-based employees who BYD already has hired to start up its operations. BYD plans to hire many more California-based employees as our bus production commences,” the company said in the statement.


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