On Friday, California Administrative Law Judge Amita Bamman Tracy ruled that Tesla and CEO Elon Musk violated the Labor Relations Act in 2017 and again in 2018.
According to the ruling, Tesla unlawfully threatened and retaliated against employees and employees. in a 2018 tweet by Elon Musk, threatened to lose stock of stocks if a merger occurs at Tesla's manufacturing plant in Freemont, California.
Musk's tweet, which the judge ruled, threatened employees with the loss of stock options if they voted in favor of the merger:
The judge's decision calls on Tesla to offer reimbursement and repayment to a single union employee who had previously been fired. Tesla must also lift a warning they issued to another union supporter. The decision also ordered Tesla to hold a meeting of employees at Freemont's manufacturing plant and Musk must attend.
During the meeting, either Elon or the on-board agent must read a message to the staff informing them that the NLRB has concluded that Tesla has violated the law. It is unclear whether Elon will read the notice himself or pass this on to the agent on board.
This is certainly not the first time Tesla's Twitter feed has gotten into trouble. The funny thing is, I was thinking recently how to keep up with the controversy on Twitter lately and that's when it happens. To be fair, this tweet is 16 months old, so it's really been pretty good on the social media platform as of late.
We're not sure where it's going, but you can be sure Tesla is going to file a formal complaint.