Recently, several media published articles about Tesla firing employees. They claimed to be based on the stories of three Tesla employees. For several days, these articles influenced the people who read them, giving the impression that the company does not care about its employees. Some media have repeatedly resorted to such tactics and published inaccurate and misleading stories about Tesla. Today, the company was forced to intervene in order to dispel false rumors and expose the journalists who published these articles.
The employees quoted in recent stories are still employed with Tesla and the company has offered them work multiple times. In addition to offering employees time to stay at home, the company also abandoned its attendance policy within a few weeks after receiving permission to open its factories.
Employees who have at-risk members at home received two weeks paid leave until May 31. In addition, Tesla provides 14-day COVID sick leave pay for quarantined workers, who are quarantined on their own due to sick family members or have received a positive test result.
Tesla emphasizes that the number of cases was low, and those who were impacted either returned to work or are recovering from home.
"Recent reports that we have terminated employees due to their concerns over health practices are fundamentally untrue. The employees quoted in recent stories are still employed with Tesla and we have offered them work multiple times. All we have asked is that our employees talk to us and provide us the details of their own concern so we can do what we can to help find a solution. Tesla has not only offered employees a window of time to stay home no questions asked, but waived our attendance policy for several weeks after we had approval to reopen our factories. In addition, those who have at-risk family members at home received two weeks paid leave through May 31. Tesla also provides 14-day COVID sick leave pay for employees who are quarantined, self-quarantine due to family members who are sick or have tested positive.
Tesla's protective measures meet and exceed county, state and federal guidelines, and we are working diligently to enforce them. As confirmed by regular internal surveys, the vast majority of employees approve of the safety measures that are in place. Unlike what has been reported externally, for a population as big as a small city, we have had very few cases and those who have been impacted have either returned to work or are recovering from home. The credit goes to our employees who are working hard to follow our safety protocols and to keep each other accountable.
We are working every day to make the right decisions for our employees and their families, and put their health and safety first."