Jun 11, 2018

Tesla exec claims he was fired for flagging workplace injuries

Tesla’s new flagship facility in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Tesla's former safety director, Carlos Ramirez, claims in a lawsuit that the California-based electric car maker fired him for internally raising concerns about the company's failure to report workplace injuries, Gizmodo's Jalopnik reports. Tesla reportedly responded to the suit, stating that Ramirez was fired after receiving an "onslaught of complaints" about his behavior.

Why it matters, per Axios' Future editor Steve LeVine: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has an optics problem. This latest round of hysterics began with a news report about outsize workplace injuries at Tesla's Fremont plant. Musk claimed he was under attack by fake news. Now we have a former executive claiming he was fired for reporting the same thing internally.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 1,598,631 — Total deaths: 95,847 — Total recoveries: 298,418 — Total tested: 13,056,206Map.
  3. Federal government: Trump calls for churches to reopen "right now."
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Trump's holiday weekend pressure campaign

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President Trump wants to throw open the houses of worship "right now," claiming they are essential services.

What he's saying: “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now. For this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors," he said during a press conference on Friday.

World coronavirus updates

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The coronavirus pandemic "reached a milestone in Africa" on Friday, as the virus has spread to every country on the continent, with over 100,000 confirmed cases, the World Health Organization reports.

By the numbers: COVID-19 has killed more than 335,000 people, per Johns Hopkins data. Over 5.1 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Thursday, and more than 1.9 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.5 million from 13 million tests).