Ex-Worker Of Tesla Blows A Whistle Against Company Before SEC

16 July, 2018, 08:40 | Author: Teresa Adams
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In an email exchange with Tripp, Tesla CEO Elon Musk called him "a awful human being".

Until about a month ago, Tripp worked at the Tesla Gigafactory battery plant in Reno, Nevada, but he was sacked and subsequently accused by the automaker of committing sabotage in a lawsuit Tesla filed in federal court.

"Tesla and Mr. Musk have poured gasoline on the fire of Tesla supporters", Meissner said.

A former Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) employee alleges there are serious problems afoot with his former employer. So far, the company has fallen well short of that benchmark, with less than 90,000.

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According to Tripp, the board Tesla used to alert workers at its Fremont, California assembly plant grossly overstatement actual production figures.

Tripp's whistleblower tip, which was filed July 6, alleges that Tesla knowingly manufactured batteries with punctured holes possibly impacting hundreds of cars on the road; misled the investing public as to the numbers of Model 3s actually being produced each week by as much as 44 percent; and lowered vehicle specifications and systemically used scrap and waste material in vehicles, all so as to meet production quotas, according to a statement from Meissner Associates.

It is unclear who those entities are.

Tesla fired Tripp last month and sued him for allegedly hacking the company's computer systems, leaking false and damaging information to the media, and stealing valuable secrets, which Tripp denies.

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"Getting the truth out has become a nightmare". He said that he and his family have faced threats and harassment and have had to relocate, though he also said he has received "tons of support".

Meissner said Tesla has sought to ruin Tripp's reputation as a way to protect its image and intimidate other potential whistleblowers from coming forward. The whistleblower won $22 million in the case, one of the largest payouts since the SEC began offering awards in 2012 to encourage more internal reporting of potential violations.

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