Judge rules Elon Musk and Tesla broke the law

On Friday, California District Court Judge Amita Baman Tracy ruled that Tesla and CEO Elon Musk violated employment law in 2017 and again in 2018.

According to the ruling, Tesla threatened illegally and retaliated against employees, and in a Tweet from Elon Musk in 2018, threatening the loss of options if the union were to take place at Tesla's Freemont, California manufacturing facility.

Musk's tweet, which the judge sentenced threatened employees with loss of stock options if they voted to join:

  Musk Labor tweet 2018

The judge's ruling asks Tesla to offer reinstatement and reimbursement to a single union employee who was previously fired . Tesla must also withdraw a warning they gave to another union-supporting employee. The ruling also requires Tesla to hold an employee meeting at Freemont Assembly Plant, and Musk must be present.

During the meeting, either Elon or an agent in the workforce must read a notice to employees informing them that the NLRB concluded that Tesla violated the law. It is unclear whether Elon will read the notice himself or pass that duty on to the Labor Office.

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This is certainly not the first time the CEO's Twitter feed has caused him and Tesla trouble. The funny thing is that I just recently thought about how he has managed to stay clear of controversy on Twitter lately, and then this happens. To be fair, this tweet is 16 months old, so he has really behaved pretty well on the social media platform of late.

We are not sure where this is going to end, but you can be sure that Tesla will file a formal appeal.

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