Former Tesla engineer Cristina Balan’s defamation lawsuit against her former employer will not be public, the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals said on Monday.
After a Federal District Court Judge ruled that Balan could take her defamation claims against Tesla to court in a public trial last year, Tesla appealed the decision due to a still-active arbitration agreement that Balan signed during her employment. The Ninth Circuit agreed with the automaker’s attorneys, and Balan will now have to pursue the claims in arbitration.
Balan initially filed the lawsuit in 2017, who claimed that Tesla defamed her after she left the company at least three years prior. A Huffington Post article revealed that a Tesla spokesperson claimed Balan was secretly recording meetings with supervisors and other employees. The claims made it difficult for Balan to find other opportunities, the Los Angeles Times said.