Enlarge / A man walks past a preproduction Tesla Model S electric car in the Tesla Motors Inc. auto plant, formerly operated by New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), in Fremont, California, on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. (credit: Tony Avelar/ Bloomberg/Getty Images)
On Thursday evening, a federal labor board filed a complaint against Tesla (PDF), alleging that the electric vehicle company had discouraged workers from distributing pro-union information, stopped them from talking about employee safety to the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, and in one case, prevented an employee from taking a picture of the Confidentiality Agreement they had to sign.
The Oakland, California-based regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) consolidated the complaints of three former Tesla employees, Michael Sanchez, Jonathan Galescu, and Richard Ortiz, as well as complaints made by UAW.
Tesla and the NLRB will appear at a hearing in November before an Administrative Law Judge.
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