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Tesla Threatens to Deport Workers

A judge is ordering Tesla to defend themselves against claims they threatened workers who complained about safety issues

Posted on
Oct 04, 2018

This week, Tesla founder Elon Musk was forced out of the company after an SEC investigation into a tweet he made, but the trouble for the company is not over. Read more about the electric car makers trouble from Politico's Morning Shift.

A federal judge has ruled that Tesla must defend itself at a trial over allegations it knew foreign workers at its California assembly plant were threatened with deportation if they reported an injury and worked long shifts that violated forced labor laws," Tom Hals reports for Reuters . The suit alleges that workers on B-1 visas employed by companies who contracted with auto plants, including Tesla, worked for less than minimum wage and "were threatened with deportation or reduced pay if they reported injuries or became ill," Hals writes. "Tesla was one of several automakers named as defendants, but the only one that was not dismissed from the case because plaintiffs only alleged to have suffered threats of deportation at Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif." Read the District Judge's order here.

Tesla has recently faced intense criticism over its treatment of workers. Just last month, Business Insider reported that California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened two new inspections into the workplace conditions at that same Fremont factory. And The Guardian has reported that "complaints from workers over being fired for engaging in efforts to unionize at Tesla have become common."

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