Quoted: Tesla on ‘moral issue’ of treating workers fairly

“Morally, we need to give Mr. Lesnik the benefit of the doubt and we need to take care of him. We will make sure this happens. We do not condone people coming to work at a Tesla facility, whether they work for us, one of our contractors or even a sub-subcontractor, under the circumstances described in the article.”

Tesla, in a blog post on its website in response to an article by Louis Hansen of the Mercury News that described the working conditions of subcontractors hired by the Fremont automaker, which included wages as low as $5 an hour. The investigation largely focuses on Gregor Lesnik, a Slovenian man who worked at Tesla’s Fremont factory last year, who was seriously injured after three months on the job and is now suing. Tesla was not legally Lesnik’s employer because he was a contractor, brought to the country on a B1 visa.

Tesla Motors hired a company called Eisenmann, a German-based manufacturer of industrial systems, to build its new paint shop. Eisenmann then used Vuzem, a contractor, which was Lesnik’s employer. Tesla says in its blog post that it “will be working with Eisenmann and Vuzem to investigate this thoroughly.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk also tweeted the following Sunday night:

The story comes amid plans by Tesla to dramatically boost production of its electric vehicles.

 

Photo: Gregor Lesnik, 42, of Velenje, Slovenia, who was injured while working as a subcontractor at Tesla Motors, is photographed as he recuperates at a friend’s home in Livermore, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • JP

    Tesla doing the right thing, as usual.

  • mn_test347

    “Morally, we need to give Mr. Lesnik the benefit of the doubt and we need to take care of him…”

    Morally, Tesla needs to fire Eisenmann and notify the Department of Labor.

  • Dave M1

    For those who think Tesla with a ‘Market Cap’ equal to GM’s is a good investment, think again. Musk has never built an industrial plant from the ground up. Never mind the difference in production capacity. April 2016: General Motors: 259,557; Tesla: 2,900 – YTD GM: 943,255; Tesla: 10,450

    • John Savage

      GM’s market cap is determined by its capacity and liabilities, without mentioning reducing sales.

  • Carlos

    They should have hire in state with so many unemployed.

  • Carlos

    They should have hire in state with so many unemployed.

  • ThraceThrice

    Mr. Musk asks us to believe the old German defense: “I vass ascheep during zee var.” That is, he had no responsibility, even though it was his money being spent by people he had selected.

    Mr. Musk was just trying to avoid union ‘entanglements’, something he believes will kill his car. Curiously, his trendy friends turn a blind eye.

 
 
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