is… stranger than you typically see. To break it down:
On June 20 Tesla filed a lawsuit lobbing allegations of hacking and sabotage at former employee Martin Tripp.
Tripp, for his part, says that he’s not a saboteur. He says he’s a whistleblower.
So aside from the general life lessons to be learned from all this recent Tesla weirdness–“Don’t send insulting emails to potential whistleblowers if you are a billionaire tech genius CEO” belongs up there with “Never get involved in a land war in Asia“–there’s also an important reminder about American workplace law, too.
Whistleblowers in America are really unprotected. Like really, really unprotected.
Don’t believe it?
Assume for the moment that everything Martin Tripp is saying is true. Assume he’s something close to the platonic ideal of the whistleblower.
In other words, assume that Tesla really has been hiding negative manufacturing outcomes from investors (which they deny). Assume that Tripp dutifully reported his allegations up the chain of command but was rebuffed. Assume that Tripp then went to the press–in this case Business Insider–because he felt there were no other options to protect the public. Assume he simultaneously reported his concerns to a government regulator.
Even if that’s all true (and at this point we don’t know), Tesla would still have the power to ruin Tripp’s life–and to do…
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