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How Tesla Dealt With a Whistleblower

This article in Bloomberg Businessweek shows what can happen when Tesla CEO Elon Musk gets upset. Less than a year ago, a Tesla employee at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada named Martin Tripp said he tried to warn superiors and others that there was too much scrap metal and battery parts being dangerously strewn across the factory, and some bad batteries were ending up in Tesla cars. When he was ignored, he said he contacted a reporter and sent her internal data related to some of those issues, and she published them.

Tesla then identified Tripp as the source and he acknowledged it. After that, Tripp was fired and Tesla sued him for $167 million (that’s not a typo). Things got even uglier from there, according to this article. We won’t go into the gory details of the allegations here: the article is worth a read. Whether these allegations are true or not, it’s clear Tesla—like other big tech companies—faces a workforce more willing to go public with their complaints.

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