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Tesla Alleges Act of Employee Sabotage in New Internal Email

  • Internal investigation led to employee’s termination
  • Tesla vows to take ‘aggressive action’ to defend the company
Tesla's California Assembly Plant On Battery Day
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. told workers at its auto plant in Fremont, California, that an employee “maliciously sabotaged” part of a factory last month and was fired after an internal investigation, according to a memo seen by Bloomberg News.

The electric-car manufacturer responded to the alleged incident rapidly, and operations at the facility were disrupted for only a short period, according to an email sent Monday by Al Prescott, Tesla’s vice president of legal and acting general counsel.