With the eyes of the world increasingly focused on eccentric billionaire Elon Musk, many are beginning to wonder if his self-applied “genius” label is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
His continued faltering as the new head of Twitter is but one example of Musk’s bizarre business ethos, in which he appears to be making rash and sudden changes in course in an attempt to save the network from bankruptcy…after paying $44 billion for the platform.
Now, back over at Tesla, Musk is coming under fire again after the company allegedly told workers that they should not discuss pay or working conditions.
Tesla’s accused of violating national labor laws by allegedly telling employees at its Orlando, Florida location not to talk about pay and working conditions, as first reported by Bloomberg. In a complaint filed in September, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) regional director in Tampa claims Telsa “told employees not to complain to higher level managers about their pay or other conditions of employment” and said “not to discuss their pay with other persons.”
The complaint goes on to accuse Tesla of instructing employees not to discuss the hiring, suspension, or termination of employees with others. These incidents occurred from December 2021 to January 2022, the complaint alleges, and violates laws that prevent companies from “interfering with, restraining and coercing employees in the exercise of rights guaranteed” by the NLRB Act. In a statement to Bloomberg, NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado says a judge will hear the arguments laid out by the complaint during a February hearing.
The NLRB has had Tesla in its sights before, after the company dress code specifically and illegally stated that employees could not wear clothing branded with union logos.