(TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is facing lawsuits in two separate cases from
employees who claim to be whistleblowers. The first case pertains to a
former Tesla employee who has hit back after being accused of sabotage
and the second one relates to three employees, who previously worked for
Tesla’s subsidiary SolarCity and who claim they were dismissed for
exposing unethical practices. Tesla has refuted all the allegations.
June, Martin Tripp, a technician at Tesla, was accused by the company of
stealing and disclosing confidential information to unauthorized third
parties. Tesla filed a lawsuit against the former employee, who hit back
with a counter-claim accusing Tesla of unsafe and reckless business
practices. Tripp says he decided to expose Tesla’s actions because they
were harmful to the environment and raised safety concerns.
is suing the company for at least $1 million on grounds of defamation,
invasion of privacy and for causing emotional distress. He has also
accused Musk of raising false allegations of bribery against him through
second lawsuit against Elon Musk was filed by three ex-employees of
SolarCity who said they were wrongfully terminated after they uncovered
false sales accounts used to fudge the company’s valuation and defend
certain bonus payments. They said they brought the issue to the
management’s notice but ended up being dismissed early last year.
shares were trading down 0.5% at 11:45AM ET. The company is set to
report earnings aftermarket today.