Former Tesla Construction Manager Sues Company, Alleging He Was Fired in Retaliation for Reporting Safety Violations, Shoddy Oversight, and Racial Discrimination

The logo of car manufacturer Tesla is seen at a dealership in London, Britain, May 14, 2021. REUTERS/Matthew Childs/File Photo

A former Tesla construction manager has filed a lawsuit against the electric car company, alleging he was fired in retaliation for reporting a multitude of safety violations, shoddy oversight, and racial discrimination at Tesla’s factories.

The lawsuit, filed by former employee Marc Cage in Alameda County court on Friday, marks the latest in a string of lawsuits filed by individual employees or government regulators against Tesla, revolving around allegations of racial or sexual harassment and discrimination.

In his lawsuit, Cage, who is African American, alleges that he “witnessed and reported countless violations to dozens of Tesla personnel in various departments, including to the highest levels of the company” during his roughly two years working for Tesla, according to a statement from his attorneys issued Tuesday.

Rather than address the issues he brought to the fore, the company fired him, the lawsuit alleges.

Cage reported violations to several superiors, including a welding violation that could have led to “catastrophic, fatal explosions” at the company’s battery factory in Nevada, according to the lawsuit.

After making some of these reports, Cage was “explicitly told that raising an issue with Tesla’s construction practices, or otherwise slowing production, was out of the question, as that would interfere with the agendas of CEO Elon Musk and Jerome Guillen, president of automotive” at Tesla, the lawsuit said.

Cage “was trained to uphold the highest level of construction compliance,” but “Tesla ignored his reports, then fired him” in retaliation, Cage’s attorney, Tamarah Prevost said in a statement.

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SOURCE: East Bay Times, Joseph Geha