A former Tesla staff is expected to pay the American electric automaker a sum of $400,000 (₦152.4 million) for revealing to the media the reason behind production delay at Nevada Gigafactory owned by Tesla.
The former employee was asked to pay such a huge amount for divulging company's trade secret
This mandatory payment was part of the settlement between the former employee identified as Martin Tripp and Tesla. Tripp was accused of sharing trade secrets about the production of the Tesla Model 3, which is a direct violation of trade secret laws and confidentiality agreement. He also reportedly owes Tesla an extra $25,000 for exposing the company’s information despite previous restraint from the judge.
The man in question worked as a technician at the company’s Gigafactory from the periods of 2017 to 2018. At the time he was an employee at Tesla, he shared the incapability of Tesla in meeting the 5,000 production goal of the Model 3 with journalists via emails. As a result, Tripp was sacked, which led to verbal conflict between him and Tesla CEO.
Tripp was accused of violating confidential agreement about the production of Tesla Model 3
The fired Tesla employee eventually filed a defamation case against the car manufacturer, accusing Tesla of circulating false rumours about him. Unfortunately for him, the case was thrown out of court earlier this year by the judge.
Here is a video showing the inside of Tesla Model 3 factory:
Inside Tesla’s Model 3 Factory
Tripp also revealed to the reporters about the company’s production issues, stated how the company has been wasting raw materials during the production of the Tesla Model 3. Tripp was also accused by the car manufacturer for hacking into their system and sending huge data to the third party.
Elon Musk, who is the CEO of Tesla, at a point accused his former employee of sabotage and, therefore, sought the service of investigators to spy into Tripp’s messages by hacking into his phone.
Elon Musk revealed to the press that he got a tip from an anonymous person that Tripp was planning to shoot people at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory. Surprisingly, the claim was found to be untrue by the local sheriff.