A lawsuit filed by a former Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: (TSLA)) employee claims he was fired because of his reports that copper was being stolen from the company’s battery plant near Reno, Nevada.
The former employee, Lynn Thompson, says he was fired because the company’s CEO Elon Musk and others in management wanted to cover up the theft of copper wire at the factory site, Bloomberg reports. Mllions of dollars worth of copper were stolen from Tesla‘s factory, according to the lawsuit.
Thompson says he reported the copper thefts to Tesla‘s senior management, including Musk, starting in April 2018. He had noticed massive amounts of copper wire being lugged off from the site.
According to the complaint filed in federal court in Nevada, in June 2018 Thompson was asked by Tesla management not to come to the factory after he reported the copper theft. He observed that people were loading copper wire onto a truck and moving it out from the factory.