Tesla trouble | EV giant lays off employee who slept in car to be more productive

 EV giant lays off employee who slept in car to be more productive

Tesla, the Texas-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer helmed by controversial businessman Elon Musk, this week faced criticism for its handling of recent layoffs.

Reports from the likes of CNBC have given validity to news of a production supervisor who resorted to sleeping in his car to maximize productivity, only to be laid off in a manner described as ‘disorganized and insensitive’.

Nico Murillo, a dedicated employee of Tesla's Fremont facility for five years, initially shared his harrowing layoff experience on LinkedIn, shedding light on the chaotic sequence of events that led to his abrupt termination.

Murillo's journey within Tesla had seen him rise from an entry-level Production Associate to a Lead Production Associate and eventually a Production Supervisor.

However, despite his dedication and evident contributions, Murillo found himself among the casualties of Tesla's recent workforce reduction.

The manner in which he discovered his job loss painted a picture of confusion and lack of communication within the company.

At 4:30 am, Murillo's laptop account was deactivated, initially dismissed as an IT issue. By 5:00 am, while commuting to work, he received an email informing him of the elimination of his position.

Subsequent attempts to clarify the situation with his manager were met with vague assurances.

The final blow came when, at 5:50 am, security personnel at the facility confiscated his badge, confirming his layoff.

Murillo's dedication to his job was evident in his extraordinary efforts to maximize his time and productivity, including a grueling 90-minute commute each way.

In 2023, he resorted to sleeping in his car, utilizing factory facilities for basic needs such as showers and meals, all in a bid to contribute more to Tesla's operations.

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The incident not only highlights the challenges faced by workers in the demanding environment of manufacturing but also raises questions about Tesla's treatment of its employees during periods of restructuring.

Murillo's story highlights the harsh reality that even exemplary performance and unwavering loyalty may not safeguard against sudden job loss in today's corporate landscape.

The debacle at Tesla coincides with a broader trend in the automotive industry, where labor unions such as the United Auto Workers (UAW) are making significant inroads.

Recent victories in Alabama and Volkswagen's Chattanooga facility indicate a growing discontent among workers, fueling calls for better labor practices and protections.

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