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Tesla (NYSE:TSLA) Racial Bias Lawsuits 'Tearing Down Tesla'

15 November 2017, 01:49 | Cesar Cruz

Tesla is a 'hotbed for racist behavior,' according to a new class-action

Tesla is a 'hotbed for racist behavior,' according to a new class-action lawsuit

Only months after workers at Tesla's Fremont, Calif. auto plant complained about grueling work conditions, the electric vehicle manufacturer is once again at the center of a labor controversy.

According to Business Insider, this is the third lawsuit filed this year that alleges black workers were addressed using racial slurs and had their complaints ignored by the company.

Documents obtained from the Alameda County Clerk of the Superior Court paint a damning picture for Musk and his electric vehicle company, claiming that Vaughn and others were routinely called the n-word by fellow employees.

Former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of more than 100 African-Americans working at the company's Fremont, Calif., production plant.

"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", the lawsuit alleges.

In the suit, former assembly worker Marcus Vaughn, who said he was sacked from the electric auto maker for "not having a positive attitude", claims supervisors and co-workers called him the n-word, but his written report to human resources about it drew no investigation. Vaughn said he sent complaints to the human resources department, as well as CEO Elon Musk, but was sacked on October 31 for not having a "positive attitude".

Vaughn's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages under California's anti-discrimination law.

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

Tesla may have a discrimination problem.

Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Earlier, Tesla C.E.O. Elon Musk, who recently made headlines for firing several employees without properly warning them, sent an email to employees in his company - apparently asking people of color to be thick skinned and accept racism.

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.

"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of a historically less represented group", Musk's email reads. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize", he wrote.

Overloaded with such allegations and lawsuits, Tesla is prepping to launch its semi truck on Thursday of this week.



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