Tesla reportedly fired 2 workers after Elon Musk said they could stay home to avoid the coronavirus

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Elon Musk told Tesla employees in a March email that they could stay home if they felt uncomfortable with the coronavirus pandemic.
Now two workers are saying that they were fired after doing just that.
Musk's standoff with local officials and the defiant return to production eventually led to several cases of COVID-19 in Tesla's ranks.
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"I want to make it very clear that if you feel a little sick or even uncomfortable, you don't feel obliged to come to work," Elon Musk told Tesla workers in the depths of the March Coronavirus pandemic.
But even though Musk said it was "perfectly fine" to stay at home, two Washington Post employees said they were sent notice of termination in June after choosing not to go to work because Musk was the factory opened illegally.
Read more: Tesla knew that the Model S battery had a design flaw that could lead to leaks and ultimately fire from 2012. The car was sold anyway.
The two workers, Carlos Gabriel and Jessica Naro, said Tesla's human resources department indicated their inability to reach them when they were not at work. However, they also believe the move is related to speaking in a separate post report on working conditions in May.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
Musk's benevolent bend to allow workers to stay at home - or at least the look of it - came when he and Tesla grappled with leaders in Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is located.
After Musk listed the blocking rules, which had largely contributed to slowing the spread of the virus, he doubled his stalemate and finally filed a lawsuit before the federal court against the district. After returning to work, several employees tested positive for the virus.
Read the full Washington Post report here.
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