Wow, so even thinking that there is a chance there was another perspective to this that doesn’t translate into a few sentences puts one in the same camp as, say, Nazi-sympathizers and whatnot? That’s how I read your statement.
I work for a small company, and while I don’t have a lot of reports, I am senior in the organization. Maybe it’s because of this, I can imagine how having an employee take a vacation (who by all accounts really needed one, see the Quora thread) might give a manager an opportunity to evaluate how a 12-year relationship was working out, talking to other folks in the organization, getting back into better sync about the daily goings-on of that person and their role. Maybe you realize that after 12 years, it’s not working. Last I checked, people get let go of their jobs every day – sometimes with cause, sometimes without. In an at-will state, an employer does not need cause, at all, btw. He apparently offered her another position, maybe it was one with more upward mobility? And then she never showed up again.
Maybe he was purely a raging dick, but maybe he just did what thousands of managers do every single day. I have let people go, people I like. It’s not fun, but if it’s not working for the organization, why exactly would you keep an employee? There is a chance that, justifiably or not, it was not working out for him and/or Tesla any more. Something tells me this was part of the narrative, and it wasn’t as simple as, “Oh, I can do your job without you apparently.” Again, read the Quora thread, some people who (apparently) know both of them have offered some input.