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Tesla and SolarCity Facing Discrimination And Retaliation Claims From Multiple Former Employees

Employees at SolarCity Corp., a subsidiary of Tesla, Inc. allegedly fired due to reporting artificial sales numbers. A suit has been filed by Makarem & Associates, APLC, for firing whistleblowing employees and for age and sexual orientation discrimination.


Electric car and solar power manufacturers, Tesla, Inc. and SolarCity Corp. (“Defendants”), are facing allegations of retaliation and discrimination from three former employees, Andrew Staples, Robert Ray, and Anqunetta White (“Plaintiffs”). Plaintiffs were originally sales representatives for SolarCity, working inside a SolarCity booth located in the Mira Mesa Home Depot. Plaintiffs allege they became Tesla employees after Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity in late, 2016.

Plaintiffs’ Complaint alleges that while working for both SolarCity and Tesla, Plaintiffs complained about numerous violations of California law, including fraud and HIPPA violations. Most notably, Plaintiffs allege that they complained about false accounts being created by other sales reps that entitled those sales reps to unearned commissions. Plaintiffs’ Complaint further alleges that these false accounts also artificially raised the number of potential sales in SolarCity’s pipeline to justify an unreasonably high price for SolarCity in advance of Tesla’s acquisition. Plaintiffs’ Complaint also alleges that Plaintiffs complained to numerous Tesla managers and supervisors, including Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk.

In addition to complaints about unlawful conduct, Plaintiff Staples also alleges that he complained about discriminatory and harassing remarks that were made about his sexual orientation. Plaintiffs allege that rather than address these complaints or rectify the conduct, Defendants retaliated against them for their complaints by terminating their employment on May 31, 2017. Plaintiff Ray also alleges claims of discrimination based on Plaintiff Ray’s age at the time of his termination.

Plaintiffs collectively filed their lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court, titled Staples, et. al v. SolarCity Corp., et. al, Case No. 37-2018-00037100-CU-WT-CTL. Plaintiffs do not wish to have media contact them regarding this lawsuit and will not individually respond to media inquiries. All media questions should be directed to Plaintiffs’ counsel, Makarem & Associates, APLC.

If you have information regarding Plaintiffs’ claims of unlawful or discriminatory conduct, including Plaintiffs’ claims of artificial sales numbers, or if you believe you were unlawfully discriminated or retaliated against by Tesla, please contact counsel for Plaintiffs.

About Makarem & Associates APLC
Makarem & Associates APLC is a top litigation trial firm that represents employees against employers for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour class action litigation. Ron Makarem has received numerous honors and accolades in the legal industry for landmark cases, and was named a ‘Top 100 Attorney in Southern California’ in 2013 and 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Jean-Paul Le Clercq has been awarded ‘SuperLawyer Rising Star’ every year from 2012 to 2018. For more information about the law firm go to: http://www.makaremlaw.com.

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