Auto connoisseurs are excited about Tesla’s announcement regarding their official launch in India and so are we. However, as every other major corporation, Tesla also has its own fair share of controversies and lawsuits related to it. We believe that you should be acquainted or have an overall gist of all its disputes, before the electric vehicle giant begins its operations in India.
Tesla has filed a number of lawsuits against other corporations and individuals; however, the company has also been on the receiving ends of several lawsuits- some of which have been resolved while many are still pending.
- Tesla’s Illegal Workers Suit: After a 2016 investigation and a whistle-blower’s claims, major automobile companies like Tesla and BMW came under fire for constructing their US factories illegally by foreign workers. The workers were paid well below the minimum wage figures and the legitimacy of some of their work visas seemed questionable. Such suits bring under doubt the ethics and social responsibility of a corporation, especially one as large as Tesla.
- Sabotage Lawsuit: In 2018, Tesla filed a claim against a former employee who allegedly had been let go after confessing to hacking and gaining access to Tesla’s confidential data. The suit hasn’t come to a conclusion and it is still unclear as to what the alleged sabotage was about and to whom the files were transferred, if any.
- 2020 Model Y owners’ issues: Just a few months ago in September, many Model Y owners claimed that their vehicle’s cooling system had been fixed with some tape and faux wood. Though the claims weren’t investigated further, it still was a curious claim to make- by Tesla owners nonetheless.
- Tesla’s Unfair Labour Practices Claim by Factory Workers: Another labour suit against Tesla from 2017 alleged that the company used various intimidation tactics to keep workers from unionizing. Though the dispute had no known resolution, it still does not bode well for the company’s Indian operations- in a country with stringent labour laws and workers’ unions.
- Factory Working Conditions and Workers’ Treatment: Tesla’s factory working conditions have been widely criticized on more occasions than one. In addition to physically taxing work, reports from 2014-17 stated incidents where workers fainted or felt chest pains etc.
Now that Tesla has made its Indian launch plans official, we’re certainly hoping that the upper echelons of the company take all necessary measures to stay miles away from any controversy.
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