Tesla CEO Elon Musk is accusing an employee of deliberately working to sabotage the company in an email sent to all workers. In the email, Musk said this person had conducted “quite extensive and damaging sabotage” to the company’s operations, including changing code to an internal product and exporting data to outsiders. Several employees, from different divisions within Tesla, have confirmed receipt of the e-mail.
In the email, Musk said that the employee has admitted to wrongdoing. The employee is reportedly being questioned by Tesla, and Musk says the company is continuing to investigate whether the employee was working with others. According to reports, the employee’s stated motivation for his actions is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. The full extent of his actions are not yet clear.
Another email sent to all employees at Tesla referenced “another strange incident”: a “small fire” on a production line. The email said that no one was in the immediate location at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported. However, the fire did stop production for several hours. The factory’s paint shop has seen at least four fires in the past four years.
Tesla is currently under a lot of pressure right now to ramp up production on the Model 3. The company was supposed to be making 5,000 per week by the end of 2017, but was failing to make 2,500 per week in April. Tesla was making 3,500 per week as of June 5th says it will hit 5,000 by the end of the month.
The financial outlook for the company hasn’t been so hot lately. Last week, Tesla announced a “restructuring” that led to more than 3,000 layoffs, or about nine percent of the company. The company said workers who are actively involved in Model 3 production would not be affected.