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Musk Allegedly Scolded Worker for Picking Child's Birth Over Work Event

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/12/2015 Kelly Pleskot

A new book about Elon Musk goes on sale later this month, but ahead of its rollout, news outlets have released excerpts that give us a fresh look inside the world of the Tesla CEO. Along with accounts that Musk almost sold Tesla to Google, the book details some controversial stories about the Tesla CEO's behavior toward his employees. Namely, one Tesla employee reports Musk admonished him for missing a work event to see the birth of his child.

According to the book, which was written by Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance, Musk reportedly sent an email to the employee regarding the issue. "That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed," it allegedly read. "You need to figure out where your priorities are. We're changing the world and changing history, and you either commit or you don’t."

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Leave it to Elon Musk to take to Twitter to Tesla Model S Runs Out of Juice in NY Times Review, Musk Calls Article Unreasonable" target="_blank">issue his grievances. Today, he wrote, "It is total BS & hurtful to claim that I told a guy to miss his child's birth just to attend a company meeting. I would never do that." He also says that the book was not independently fact-checked and "should be taken [with] a grain of salt."

The book cites a number of other examples that seem to paint Musk as an unrelenting workaholic. One person who previously worked with the Tesla CEO said Musk clocked 23 hours a day. During the early days of Tesla, an employee reportedly complained about working too much, to which Musk allegedly said he would "tell those people they will get to see their families a lot when we go bankrupt." Although not all the Tesla employees in the book were named, this juicy piece of info comes from Ryan Popple, a former Teslaman and now CEO of electric vehicle maker Proterra.

What do you make of these claims? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Business Insider

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