December 15, 2018

Elon Musk's Tesla Hit with a Racist Work Environment Lawsuit

15 November 2017, 01:47 | Joann Bryant

Lawsuit Alleges Calif. Tesla Factory is a 'Hotbed For Racist Behavior'

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Is Low On The Model 3s But Heavy On The Racism

Tesla Factory in Fremont, California.

In March, Tesla employee DeWitt Lambert claimed the company did nothing about constant racial harassment and sexually explicit comments made towards him by other workers.

In October, a former employee named Jorge Ferro filed a wrongful termination suit, alleging that not only did he suffer racial discrimination, but also taunts for being gay, including threats of violence.

According to The Washington Post, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Marcus Vaughn, a former employee at the Fremont factory from April 23 to October 31, who alleged that employees and supervisors regularly used the N-word around him and other black colleagues.

Per Bloomberg, the lawsuit also claims it's a "hotbed for racist behavior".

Tesla a "hotbed for racist behavior", according to a new class action lawsuit filed against the Silicon Valley auto company. He complained to Tesla's human resources department and was sacked in October for "not having a positive attitude".

Vaughn stated that although the company is considered an innovative company and the pioneer of the electric auto revolution, its standard operating procedure "is pre-Civil rights era race discrimination". According to Vaugh, this came after he filed a complaint to human resources and Musk about Tesla employees repeatedly using racial epithets around him and his black co-workers in the plant.

Vaughn's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages under California's anti-discrimination law. On Tesla's most recent earnings call, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk acknowledged that the company recently fired about 700 workers for low performance.

Tesla responded to the lawsuit by saying that it takes 'any and every form of discrimination or harassment extremely seriously'. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".

Owen Diaz and his son, Demetric, left to right, talk about their lawsuit against Tesla at their attorney's office in Oakland, California, on Thursday, 21 September, 2017.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told our sister site Gizmodo that Moran was paid by UAW "to join Tesla and agitate for the union".

According to the complaint, Musk sent an email to Tesla employees in May, a month after Vaughn started work, which gave mixed messages: "Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group", the suit claims the email said. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize".

Tesla has denied those claims as well.

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