Tesla Inc Sued Again For Being A "Hotbed for Racist Behavior"

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

"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".

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

Vaughn's legal action is the third lawsuit filed this year by black workers alleging racial slurs were used against them and that the company ignored their complaints.

The complaint was filed at Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, Calif.

U.S. automaker Tesla Inc on Monday was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming its California production plant is a 'hotbed for racist behavior'.

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

"Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination", Vaughn's complaint to the court reads.

Vaughn began working at the Fremont factory in April, and his lawsuit alleges that supervisors and coworkers began routinely calling him the "n-word" shortly after that.

Vaughn is seeking unspecified damages under California anti-discrimination law.

In February, an ex-employee named AJ Vandermeyden filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company, stating she had been the victim of repeated instances of sexual harassment and that she was paid less than her male counterparts.

In addition to the growing number of lawsuits the company is facing, a unionization campaign by United Auto Workers is underway.

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. In March, another black employee filed a lawsuit stating that he was sexually harassed, racially discriminated and harassed at the Fremont facility.

Tesla has not responded to reporters' request for comment about the lawsuit.

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", he wrote.

Tesla has denied those claims as well.

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