Tesla (NYSE:TSLA) Racial Bias Lawsuits ‘Tearing Down Tesla’

Tesla (NYSE:TSLA) Racial Bias Lawsuits ‘Tearing Down Tesla’

Tesla (NYSE:TSLA) Racial Bias Lawsuits ‘Tearing Down Tesla’


Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is being accused of allowing its California production plant to become a “hotbed for racist behavior.”

A racial discrimination lawsuit, filed Monday in California Superior Court in Oakland, said Black employees were addressed by racial slurs and company management ignored their complaints.

The lawsuit is the 3rd filed this year against Tesla alleging racial discrimination at its Fremont, California, factory.

Owen Diaz and his son, Demetric, left to right, talk about their lawsuit against Tesla at their attorney’s office in Oakland, California, on Thursday, 21 September, 2017. The pair are suing the EV car maker for discrimination and creating a hostile environment. Their suit claims they were regularly harassed by co-workers with racial slurs and insults.

Monday’s lawsuit, filed by former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn, said Mr. Vaughn was routinely called the “N-Word” by supervisors and coworkers after he began working at the factory in April.

He says he complained in writing to human resources officials, but those complaints were never investigated.

Mr. Vaughn says he was fired in October for “not having a positive attitude.” The lawsuit seeks class-action status and unspecified damages under California anti-discrimination law.

The lawsuit is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits accusing Tesla of discrimination.

In March, another Black employee alleging he was sexually harassed, racially harassed and racially discriminated against at the Fremont facility.

A trio of former employees made similar claims in a lawsuit filed against the company in October.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment

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