But in November 2016, Fuyao announced “a reorganization of the company’s senior management team,” saying Burrows and former Fuyao President John Gauthier were no longer with the company.
Burrows sued Fuyao in federal court in the spring of 2017, alleging breach of contract, defamation and other charges tied to his separation from the business. Gauthier has taken no legal action against Fuyao.
Burrows figured prominently in the Netflix documentary “American Factory,” which won an Oscar for best documentary feature Sunday.
At one point in the film, Burrows reacts angrily after Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown publicly endorsed a nascent unionization effort at the Moraine plant.
“Who the (expletive deleted) does he think he is,” Burrows says on camera in “American Factory,” with a camera operator following him.
“I’m going to take these big scissors and cut off Sen. Brown’s head,” Burrows also said on camera, adding: “He (Brown) didn’t tell us he was going to do that. He did that on purpose, so they’re cut off. They’ll never be allowed in the plant again.”
Attorneys for Fuyao and Burrows did not respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.
In November, Fuyao agreed to pay $1.3 million to a group of current and former workers — and their attorneys — who sued the company in a separate lawsuit over the manufacturer’s scheduling and work conditions.
A federal magistrate in that case denied the Fuyao’s request to keep settlement terms sealed.