Tesla Employee Terminated After Attempted “Sabotage”

According an internal email to Tesla employees, an employee at the company’s Fremont plant was caught participating in “malicious sabotage.”

Tesla’s vice president of legal and acting general counsel, Al Prescott, addressed employees of the Fremont factory in an email obtained by Bloomberg saying “Two weeks ago, our IT and InfoSec teams determined than [sic] an employee had maliciously sabotaged a part of the Factory. Their quick actions prevented further damage and production was running smoothly again a few hours later.”

Although no further details were given about the alleged  “sabotage” attempt he did say the employee tried to cover his tracks but ultimately confessed and was then terminated: “Ultimately, after being shown the irrefutable evidence, the employee confessed. As a result, we terminated employment.”

In addition to the email announcement regarding the internal sabotage, Prescott also used the email to reiterate the trust that Tesla places in its employees and how the act on one employee with malicious intent affects everyone. Prescott wrote “We place tremendous trust in our employees and value everyone’s contribution. However, whatever the personal motivations of the attacker were, these are crimes, violations of our code of conduct, and are unfair to other employees.”

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