Tesla factory workers have filed a lawsuit claiming widespread racism, unsafe conditions

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Is Low On The Model 3s But Heavy On The Racism

Lawsuit Claims Tesla Is Low On The Model 3s But Heavy On The Racism

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

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

Documents obtained from the Alameda County Clerk of the Superior Court paint a damning picture for Musk and his electric car company, claiming that Vaughn and others were routinely called the n-word by fellow employees. He started working at Tesla in April and has filed written complaints to the human resources team, none of which were investigated.

His legal complaint included a memo it said was from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to employees. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize", he wrote. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology".

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

According to Vaughn employees and supervisors regularly used the "N word" around him and other black colleagues.

The claims of discrimination made by Vaughn's lawsuit fit into a trend of marginalized tech workers facing harassment on the basis of their identities.

"Tesla representatives acknowledged some of the fit issues, but stated that they believed that Model 3 was much further ahead than where Model X and S had been at this point in production".

Tesla's production process has deeper problems than an inability to meet targets for getting cars to owners - a new lawsuit alleges the company's manufacturing floor is a "hotbed for racist behavior". "I think that Tesla has been very influential in motivating the luxury brands to offer similar capabilities", Gartner lead automotive analyst Mike Ramsey told Engadget.

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

"When you have a diverse workforce, you need to take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome in that workforce", he said. He said he was fired in October. On the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), the stock's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 1.18 is higher than 76% of all other readings from the past year.

The CEO informed the blog that he intends to publish the results of the probe later this week.

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