Tesla workfloor a hotbed for racist behaviour, says ex-employee in lawsuit

Tuesday, 14 Nov, 2017

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

A few months into the job, he was sacked for "not having a positive attitude".

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

Vaughn in the lawsuit says he was routinely called the "n-word" by supervisors and coworkers after he began working at the factory in April. His lawsuit seeks unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law.

Tesla has roughly 33,000 employees globally but has never publicly released its diversity statistics. A trio of former employees made similar claims in a lawsuit filed against the company in October. He further described how people of color were continuously harassed at the company, calling it a "hotbed for racist behavior". He also claimed he was passed over for promotions because he complained to HR, according to Business Insider.

Former employee Marcus Vaughn filed the lawsuit, which represents a large number of black employees at the Tesla factory in Fremont.

According to the complaint, Musk sent an email to Tesla factory employees on May 31.

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. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise". "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology".

The California Civil Rights Law Group has worked on all three lawsuits.

Tesla is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that African-Americans workers are being exposed to racial slurs - and that the company is actively ignoring complaints.

Larry Organ, an attorney at the California Civil Rights Law Group, said that Vaughn reached out to him after the law firm sued Tesla on behalf of other African American employees who complained about racial harassment this year.

Organ said Tesla isn't doing enough. "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.".

According to The Mercury News, a Tesla spokesperson, however, stated that, "given our size, we recognize that unfortunately at times there will be cases of harassment or discrimination in corners of the company".