A former mechanic and charger for an electric scooter share company has settled his lawsuit against his ex-employer in which he alleged he was fired in 2018 in part because he expressed concern that safety issues with the scooters were putting the public at risk.

Matt Fisher’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleged wrongful termination, retaliation and defamation by Santa Monica-based Bird Rides Inc. and workforce management company Target CW, which was later dropped as a defendant. Fisher alleged he has been blacklisted from the electric scooter industry.

Attorneys in the case filed a joint notice of settlement on Wednesday with Judge Terry Green. No terms were divulged.

In their court papers, Bird Ride attorneys denied any liability in the case.

According to Fisther’s suit, he was hired as a Bird charger and mechanic in February 2017 and by November 2018 was dubbed the top employee in terms of the number of scooters scanned, reported and fixed. He was later given a field operations associate position and assigned to run technical and mechanical tests on scooters, the suit stated.

Also in November 2018, a Bird operations specialist issued a memo on the Slack.com messaging service that Bird scooters with missing screws, loose necks and handlebars, missing grips, broken reflectors and other problems were considered “not damaged” and safe for public use, the suit filed in January 2019 stated.

Fisher responded via Slack.com, “It’s hard to watch this neglect. I apologize if I’m out of place here, but being honest is what I’m about.”

The operations specialist replied to Fisher’s statement by saying, “This is what we were told by upper management, we are still making adjustments and figuring things out,” the suit stated.

Fisher in turn said, “I’m not going to ignore the damages. I’m not going to put people’s lives at risk,” the suit stated.

Fisher was later brought into a meeting with management and told that he needed to stop complaining about the scooters on Slack.com, his suit stated.

“This is upsetting people,” Fisher was told, his lawsuit alleged. “Other people are not supposed to know about this.”

The city of Santa Monica code requires that each electric scooter be safe, be highly durable and have durable brakes, the suit stated.

Fisher saw “broken-down devices laid across the sidewalk, preventing and obstructing traffic,” according to the suit, which includes copies of photos of his allegations.

Fisher says he received an email from Target CW on Dec. 3, 2018, stating, “We were informed that your engagement with Bird has ended.”

Fisher “has since been blacklisted from the scooter industry,” according to his suit, which further stated he was not hired at a competing scooter company after he was forced to explain why he was fired by Bird and after the publication of a news report in which the plaintiff was interviewed about Bird scooters.

Fisher was told by the prospective employer that he had “ruined his career” and “could no longer be hired,” his suit stated.

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