Juul Labs is facing allegations that it knowingly sold more than one million contaminated e-cigarette nicotine pods to consumers.
The San Francisco-based e-cigarette company is also accused of retaliation against its executive who raised concerns about the problem.
Siddharth Breja, the former senior vice president of global finance at Juul, made the allegations against the company in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.
In the lawsuit, Mr. Breja claimed that Juul totally disregarded the law, public safety and public health when it “sent to market approximately one million mint-flavored e-cigarette nicotine pods that it admits were contaminated.”
According to the former Juul executive, he protested the sale of those contaminated e-cigarette nicotine pods and insisted a recall but the company refused. He claimed that the company also refused to even issue a product health and safety warning.
Juul allegedly fired its former executive for whistleblowing its unlawful business practices
Additionally, Mr. Breja alleged that the company fired him in retaliation for whistleblowing and opposing its illegal and unsafe business practices including the shipment of the contaminated e-cigarette nicotine pods. The company’s reasons for terminating his employment were fabricated and false.