Black Ex-Tesla Worker Says Factory Is Race Bias 'Hotbed'

Black Ex-Tesla Worker Says Factory Is Race Bias 'Hotbed'

Tesla was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming that their production facilities are a "hotbed for racist behavior".

The lawsuit submitted in California state court in Oakland is at least the third submitted this year by black employees who informed they were addressed using racial slurs which the company overlooked their complaints.

Marcus Vaughn claimed in the suit that he's one of more than 100 African-American Tesla workers affected and is seeking permission from an Alameda County judge to sue on behalf of the group, Bloomberg reported. He says he complained in writing to human resources officials, but those complaints were never investigated.

Vaughn's charges come shortly after reports showed that Tesla fired between 400 and 700 people after completing an employee evaluation review in September.

"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 alleges.

The email was sent to employees in May. In July, female workers labelled the work site in Fremont as a "predator zone".

"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group", Musk wrote.

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The company did not respond to Business Insider's requests for comment on the lawsuit Vaughn filed.

And in October, three former workers said the Tesla factory is a hostile environment for black employees, claiming little was done to stop others from routinely calling them the n-word and making other racially insensitive remarks. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology". "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize". He is seeking undefined damages under a California anti-discrimination law.

The lawsuit included an internal email from Musk to Tesla employees on May 31, with the exec weighing in on workplace misbehavior.

"Tesla is not doing enough".

"Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company".

"When you have a diverse workforce, you need to take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome in that workforce", he said.

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