Tesla allegedly fired two California-based employees in violation of labor laws for being part of a larger group that discussed and wrote letters criticizing Chief Executive Elon Musk, according to their lawyers and complaints they filed with the federal regulators.
Two former Tesla employees claim they were unlawfully fired from the company after taking part in an organized effort to publicly criticize Elon Musk, according to a new report from Bloomberg. It wouldn’t be not the first time that a billionaire’s company has decided to lay off in this waysince already at Twitter, Elon Musk had fired two employees who had criticized him in public.
A complaint was therefore filed against Tesla for unlawful dismissal. This case is therefore yet another example of a company owned by Musk being accused of exercising reprisals against workers having taken collective action against the leader and his policies. This is a violation of federal labor law.since employees have the right to engage in “protected concerted activities”, which includes talking to each other to ensure support for an issue that concerns them all.
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Tesla employees dared to criticize Elon Musk
According to the complaint, the two employees participated in the drafting of two letters. One asked Tesla executives to reconsider the obligation for all workers to return to the office, a policy put in place at the end of May as the world slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Another letter stated that Musk’s tweets violated Tesla’s anti-harassment policy.
These letters would not have had a great impact, since these were ultimately never sent. Both employees claim they were fired for even talking about “ Tesla’s failure to enforce its non-harassment policy and its implementation of its return-to-office policy post-COVID “, and participated in the writing of a letter that never went beyond the draft stage.