Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Tesla is 'Hotbed for Racist Behavior,' Lawsuit Says

Tesla is 'Hotbed for Racist Behavior,' Lawsuit Says

A former Tesla employee is seeking permission from a judge to sue Tesla for racial harassment on behalf of 100 affected African-American workers, according to Bloomberg Technology.

Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Now, the automaker has been slapped with a class-action complaint that claims Tesla is a "hotbed for racist behavior" across one of Tesla's factories. Vaughn's employment was later terminated for "not having a positive attitude" after he complained to human resources about the issue.

Tesla has 33,000 employees worldwide, and approximately 10,000 of them work at the Fremont, Calif. assembly plant, according to Bloomberg News.

The lawsuit was filed in the California state court in Oakland on Monday (13 November) and is at least the third filed this year by black workers.

And in October, three former workers said the Tesla factory is a hostile environment for black employees, claiming little was done to stop others from routinely calling them the n-word and making other racially insensitive remarks.

Tesla is also reportedly facing lawsuits alleging discrimination against gay and older employees, but it has denied those claims. According to the study, marginalized tech workers were harassed, stereotyped and passed over for promotion on the basis of race, gender and sexuality.

Marcus Vaughn is an African-American who worked on Tesla's factory floor from April to October of this year.

"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of a historically less represented group", Musk's email reads.

The suit also claims Tesla CEO wrote a memo in May urging people to be "thick-skinned" about insults if an apology is delivered.

The suit also states Musk sent an email to all employees in May about discrimination and harassment. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology". "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize".

Only months after workers at Tesla's Fremont, Calif. auto plant complained about grueling work conditions, the electric vehicle manufacturer is once again at the center of a labor controversy.

"Tesla is not doing enough".

Other recent lawsuits filed against Tesla include claims that the company failed to give proper notice when laying off hundreds of workers, claims concerning anti-LGTBQ harassment, a complaint from a woman engineer alleging harassment, and a complaint from the National Labour Relations Board defending employee claims that Tesla attempted to suppress a unionization effort.

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