Tesla sues California state in battle over factory shutdown over Corona | Company news


Electric car maker Tesla filed a lawsuit with local authorities in California, USA on Saturday after the company pressed to reopen its plant there and CEO Elon Musk threatened to move the company’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada.

Musk is pushing to reopen the Tesla plant in Fremont, California after the Alameda County Health Department said the company should not resume work because public isolation measures to limit the spread of the Corona virus are still in effect.

In a post, Tesla said, the boycott’s position has left the company with no choice but to take legal action to ensure Tesla and its employees can return to work.

The company said it had developed a comprehensive return-to-work plan that includes online video training for individuals, division of the workplace, temperature checks, conditions for wearing protective equipment and strict hygiene and sterilization protocols.

The company said it had informed the health authorities in the Alameda County, where the Fremont plant is located, of its plans to resume work, but said that the acting official had not responded to communications or emails.

The Alameda Provincial Public Health Department has yet to respond to a request for comment after saying earlier on Saturday that it is “communicating directly and working closely with the Tesla team”.

The company said in the lawsuit that Alameda is working against the federal and California constitution as well as challenging the state’s order.

Alameda County is slated to remain in isolation until the end of May, with only basic work allowed to resume. The province said it was not considered Tesla as a main activity. District officials have yet to respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

Musk also took to Twitter on Saturday to complain and threaten to leave the state.

Alameda County said on Saturday that it was working with Tesla to develop a safety plan “that allows for the resumption of activity while taking into account the health and well-being of thousands of employees” working at the plant and that she is looking to reach an agreement on a safety plan very soon.


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