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Tesla accused of illegally firing employees critical of Musk

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Tesla has been accused of unlawfully firing employees who were part of a group that complained about CEO Elon Musk’s policies.

Two California-based workers filed a suit with the National Labor Relations Board alleging they’ve lost jobs for discussing working conditions.

The complaint filed includes "Tesla's failure to enforce its non-harassment policy and its implementation of its post-COVID return to office policy.”

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The workers were involved in a wider group that drafted letters to the company’s executives.

They were sacked before the letters got released, but after holding discussions about the drafted letters on internal chat groups.

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The letters called out Musk’s rigorous work-from-home policy that mandated Tesla staff came to the office for a minimum of 40 hours per week. 

It also pointed out that Mr. Musk’s "sexualized and gendered" tweets broke Tesla's anti-harassment policy.

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Tesla and Elon Musk have a chequered past relating to employee treatment

Last month one employee was sacked after receiving a merit based pay increase.

The other was informed that organizing employee talks constituted an "attack" on Tesla.

The electric car company has previously been involved in labor disputes.

In 2021, NLRB found Tesla violated the law by firing a union activist.

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The agency have previously demanded that Musk remove a tweet as it said the tweet constituted a threat to labor organizers.

The board ruled in August that the electric car maker broke workers' rights by barring them from wearing union shirts in the workplace.

A group of SpaceX staff filed a similar case in November, alleging that they were sacked after drafting an open letter criticizing Musk's actions.

Tesla did not respond to a request to comment. 

Source: Insider

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