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Tesla Wants Court Approval of Defamation Case Victory

The former employee said Tesla falsely accused her of criminal conduct.

Tesla won an arbitration with a fired employee, and now, the electric vehicle company wants a U.S. court to affirm it. 

Tesla’s petition filed in San Francisco federal court is a response to a dispute between the automaker and a former engineer.

The engineer, Cristina Balan, said in 2017 that Tesla falsely accused her of criminal conduct and fired her for questioning contracting practices and defective floormats.

In a 2019 lawsuit, Balan claimed she was fired after she sent an email to CEO Elon Musk which accused Tesla of giving contracts based on friendships and with no regard for price or quality Reuters reports.

The issue Balan brought up about the floormats was that the floormats in Tesla’s Model S would curl up beneath the pedals. 

An arbitrator rejected Balan’s claims on November 3. 

If you ask Tesla, it will say Balan’s firing was for working on a personal project using company time and illegally recording conversations with colleagues. 

Balan can now challenge the arbitrator’s decision and said she would “due to fraud, corruption, bias … and manifest disregard for the law.”

It is quite the falling out between Tesla and Balan, considering that Tesla praised Balan’s work, which included a battery pack design. 

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