The CEO tweeted a letter purportedly sent from Eisenmann president Mark West that disclosed that laborers had been paid an hourly rate of $55, not the $5 that was initially reported by The Mercury News.
The publication also reported that Gregor Lesnik, one of the workers who allegedly was paid $5 an hour, is attempting to sue his employers after reportedly falling three stories while building the Tesla facility and breaking both his legs.
"We are interested in accuracy first and foremost," a spokesman for Mercury News told CNBC. The publication noted that Lesnik had provided pay stubs as part of a court case that supported his claims.
"Our story does not say Tesla paid these people $5 an hour," the spokesman said, "Our story says that Gregor Lesnik was getting $5 an hour, according to his pay stubs."