The National Labor Relations Board, who is in charge of enforcing labor laws and worker rights, on Thursday filed a complaint against Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) over violating workers’ rights.
The Board claimed that Tesla violated its workers’ rights by forcing them to sign a confidentiality agreement that forbids them from talking about their working environment as well as safety concerns and issues at the company’s facility in Fremont, California.
The complaints were filed back in April by three Tesla employees and the United Auto Workers union, in efforts to form a union, which Tesla has been against.
The workers said Tesla made them sign a document that they may face termination or criminal prosecution for speaking publicly about anything they observed at work or their working conditions, NLRB said.
Tesla denied the allegations and claim brought forward by the board.
"These allegations, which have been filed by the same contingent of union organizers who have been so outspoken with media, are entirely without merit. We will obviously be responding as part of the NLRB process." a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement.
Tesla must respond to the complaint by Sept. 14. A hearing for the complaint will be on Nov. 14 in Oakland, California.