Lawsuit: Tesla battery plant plagued by copper thefts

In June 2018, Thompson said he witnessed copper being loaded onto a truck and contacted Tesla security, who called police. Several days later, management told Thompson that he wasn’t allowed back inside the Gigafactory, the complaint said.

“Since this time, Mr. Thompson has learned that Tesla and Musk pressured ONQ GLOBAL to stop allowing him on the work site and subsequently end his work at Tesla because of the outside reporting to law enforcement and internal reporting to senior management,” Bloomberg quoted the lawsuit as saying. “Tesla was afraid of the information that plaintiff learned and wanted to prevent the information from being disclosed to the media and shareholders.”

Musk said at an internal meeting in June 2018 that $37 million worth of material had gone missing and possibly had been stolen so far that year, according to the suit.

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