He only spent a few days in Tesla and yet. The American automaker accuses a former employee of stealing 26,000 confidential files between being hired on December 28, 2020 and being fired because of these facts a week later.
Tesla filed a lawsuit in a California court on Friday. Prohibited downloads were discovered on January 6, 2021 and this computer engineer, who teleworked due to coronavirus, assured that according to this complaint consulted by AFP, they were only personal administrative files.
Accused of attempting to destroy evidence
But Tesla, who explains that he videoconferenced him immediately when the downloads were reported, also accused the former employee of attempting to destroy the evidence. The group ensures that during this interview the engineer denied access to his computer and 'could be seen (...) hurrying to delete information from his computer,' explains the complaint.
The man then identified himself at the request of Tesla officials who called him on the Dropbox website, which allows files to be stored online.
'This revealed that the same confidential Tesla files that were displayed on his laptop were still available through his cloud storage account,' said the complaint filed by the manufacturer of electric vehicles.
Files that are useful to competitors
Downloads began on December 31, 2020 and continued through January 4, 2021, with 'additional' downloads on January 6, according to Tesla.
The downloaded files 'have nothing to do with your responsibility' and relate to automating certain manufacturing and marketing processes that could be useful to a competitor 'to create a similar automated system in a fraction of the time and in a fraction of the time the money Tesla spent building it '.
'After Tesla discovered the theft (...) of Teslas trade secrets and fired (the engineer) that same day due to his repeated lies and cover-ups during the investigation,' he said.
He told the New York Post that he accidentally transferred these documents to his Dropbox.