Tesla accused of racial discrimination in lawsuit

A former Tesla employee is accusing Tesla of racial discrimination at its Fremont California factory.                  James Martin  CNET

A former Tesla employee is accusing Tesla of racial discrimination at its Fremont California factory. James Martin CNET

Tesla is yet to comment on Vaughn's lawsuit. He also complained about this insensitive behavior by writing to the human resources, sadly the company never investigated his claims.

Tesla has yet to issue a statement regarding the impending lawsuit. Vaughn charges that workers and managers on the factory floor routinely used the n-word within his earshot.

Vaughn says he was sacked in October for "not having a positive attitude".

There are other lawsuits filed against Tesla claiming the company failed to give proper notice when firing hundreds of employees, claims of anti-LGBTQ harassment, a complaint for a female engineer alleging harassment, and a complaint from the National Labor Relations Board defending employee claims that the company attempted to shut down a unionization effort.

The lawsuit filed in California state court in Oakland is at least the third filed this year by black workers who say they were addressed using racial slurs and that the company ignored their complaints.

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However Monday's lawsuit, submitted by former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn, is the first to bring those lawsuits on behalf of a big class of black workers at the Tesla's Fremont, California factory.

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 followed another one in October, when three employees made similar claims against the company.

The company denied the claims and said the decision was based on employee performance reviews.

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.

"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group", Musk allegedly wrote. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise". His lawsuit seeks unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law. "It's somewhat akin to saying 'stop being politically correct.' When you have a diverse workforce, you need to take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome in that workforce", he explained. At the same facility, United Auto Workers (UAW) launched a campaign encouraging workers to join the union.

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