A lawsuit filed by a former Tesla employee claims the company’s California production plant is a “hotbed for racist behavior” where black employees were regularly called racial slurs.
This is the third lawsuit filed this year alleging that black workers were addressed using racial slurs and had their complaints ignored by the company, reported Business Insider.
Monday’s lawsuit was filed by former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn, and it seeks class action status on behalf of black workers at the company’s Fremont, CA factory.
Vaughn began working at the Fremont factory in April, and he says supervisors and co-workers began routinely calling him the n-word shortly afterward. Although he complained in writing to human resources, he says that the company never investigated his claims.
In October, Vaughn was fired for “not having a positive attitude.” His lawsuit seeks unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law.
The lawsuit also included an email from CEO Elon Musk to Tesla factory employees on May 31.
“Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group,” Musk wrote in the email. “Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize. In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology.”
Of course it is hard to accept an apology as sincere when they repeatedly use racial slurs.
In addition to the growing number of lawsuits the company is facing, United Auto Workers union is working on unionizing the employees.
Musk has accused the UAW of paying people to cause problems to encourage unionization, and the UAW accuses Tesla of laying off workers for being pro union. Both sides deny all allegations.
(Article By James Carter)