Tesla brutally fires dedicated employee who slept in his car and showered at work


A former Tesla employee has gone viral on LinkedIn after telling the story of how he was laid off.

Nico Murillo worked for Tesla for half a decade and “sacrificed a lot for the company,” he said in his viral LinkedIn post.

The post has received plenty of attention, with over 65,000 reactions, 1,500 comments, and 650 reposts at the time of writing this article

Murillo mapped out the timeline of the events that followed.

On Monday, the 15th of April, Murillo could not access his work account. Thinking it was just an IT problem, he opened his email to find this:

“Unfortunately, as a result, your position has been eliminated by this restructuring.”

Murillo then messaged his manager, who confirmed the news, stating, “Everyone got it. We’ll get more information later.”

Bewildered by the news, Murillo attempted to use his badge to enter the Tesla factory. His entrance was denied, and a security guard surveilling the building took his badge from him.

All of this occurred before 6 a.m.

Murillo continued the post by stating that he sacrificed a lot to keep his job.

“At one point in 2023 I was even sacrificing sleeping in my car on work days just to avoid commuting to work. Showered at the factory and slept in the parking lot. Microwaved dinner in the break room,” he stated. But since Murillo is only 29 years old, he knows it was just a small chapter for him, and there’s “a whole book waiting to be written.”

This is not the first time Elon Musk, the owner and CEO of Tesla, among other companies such as X, has found himself under the spotlight after similar layoffs of dedicated employees.

One example is when senior executive Esther Crawford was fired from Twitter – despite famously sleeping on the office floor to meet Elon Musk’s deadlines.

Crawford’s dedication to her job did not spare her from the company’s latest round of layoffs, according to a tweet by Platformer’s Zoë Schiffer.

Crawford was one of the executives in charge of the Twitter Blue subscription service launched after Musk’s takeover of the company.

She caused some controversy in November when she posted a picture of herself sleeping on the office floor at work, just days after Twitter changed hands.

“When your team is pushing round the clock to make deadlines, sometimes you #SleepWhereYouWork,” she tweeted at the time.


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