Second SolarCity founder quits Tesla, just months after $2.6B acquisition closed

SolarCity cofounder Peter Rive has quit Tesla Inc., just one month after his brother, Lyndon, exited the company. “As co-founder and CTO of SolarCity, Pete has played an instrumental role in expanding access to solar to hundreds of thousands of people across the country,” Tesla said in a statement. “Pete’s responsibilities, including work on Solar Roof, will be distributed among Tesla’s existing engineering teams. We want to thank Pete for everything he’s done for SolarCity and Tesla.” Above:…

Tesla fires female engineer who sued over harassment

Tesla this week fired the female engineer who alleged the company paid her less than her male colleagues, and ignored her complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace, The Guardian reports. AJ Vandermeyden sued the company and went public with her allegations in February. In the lawsuit, she claims she was catcalled and taunted at work, and that the company failed to address her complaints around harassment and pay. Palo Alto-based Tesla fired Vandermeyden this week. It said it brought in a…

Tesla’s California factory workers describe long hours, preventable injuries, and low pay

Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes to describe his gleaming white Fremont, California auto assembly plant as highly automated, with engineers developing robots that will eventually replace human auto assemblers completely. That vision isn’t reality yet, and it’s had to rely on the labor of thousands of human auto workers to get to where it is today. In a new, in-depth report from the Guardian, a group of Tesla factory employees went on the record to describe stressful work conditions, long hour, injuries,…

Before it was sold to Tesla SolarCity quietly cut 3,000 jobs

SolarCity shed a little over 3,000 full-time jobs in 2016, as it geared up for its eventual sale to Tesla, the company said this week in securities filings. California-based SolarCity ended the year with 12,243 full-time employees — a decline of about 19.5 percent — according to its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Become a Business First subscriber: Click here to see all that you can receive in print and/or online for about $2 per week. The job cuts mark the…