Black worker says Tesla factory was a "hotbed for racist behavior"

Mindy Sparks
November 15, 2017

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. "Race harassment has continued at the Tesla Factory, and became more widespread, because despite their knowledge of the harassment, Defendants have done nothing that could be reasonably expected to stop it".

The lawsuit alleges that employees and supervisors regularly used the "N word" around Marcus Vaughn, who worked at the California facility earlier this year.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

The class-action lawsuit against the Delaware-based company claims Tesla routinely failed to prevent racial harassment, as well as take corrective steps once that harassment occurred, at its California assembly plant. He started working at Tesla in April and has filed written complaints to the human resources team, none of which were investigated. He said that he and other employees were considering unionizing and had reached out to UAW for help. According to the study, marginalized tech workers were harassed, stereotyped and passed over for promotion on the basis of race, gender and sexuality.

Tesla doesn't do enough to stamp out the rampant racial discrimination at the electric vehicle's factories, according to a lawsuit several black employees filed Monday.

Brian Snyder / Reuters Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, July 15, 2017.

His legal complaint included a memo it said was from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to employees.

"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group", wrote Musk. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology". "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise".

He is seeking unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law.

The email drew criticism from The Root as well as California Civil Rights Law Group attorney Larry Organ. Organ's law firm sued Tesla on behalf of other black employees this year.

An October lawsuit over racial discrimination also described a work environment where racial slurs were common.

Tesla is also facing suits for LGBTQ and age discrimination.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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