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

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

More than 10,000 people work at its sole auto-assembly plant in Fremont, California, where the United Auto Workers have launched a campaign to persuade workers to join the union.

A Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) employee sued the company over racial harassment stating that over 100 employees are experiencing the same at the workplace, according to Bloomberg.

In October, a former employee named Jorge Ferro filed a wrongful termination suit, alleging that not only did he suffer racial discrimination, but also taunts for being gay, including threats of violence.

Compounding matters for Tesla, a New Yorker piece on Monday featured a former female employee who said she didn't receive a promotion due to gender discrimination.

USA automaker Tesla Inc on Monday was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming its California production plant is a 'hotbed for racist behavior'.

A lawsuit filed by a former employee on Monday alleges that USA automaker Tesla Inc.'s California production plant is a "hotbed for racist behavior" where black employees were called racial slurs.

Vaughn was sacked from the Fremont plant in late October with "not having a positive attitude" listed as the cause of termination.

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"Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric auto revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination", the lawsuit says.

Vaughn alleged in the lawsuit that his supervisors and co-workers routinely called him the n-word shortly after he started his job. It is the first such suit to seek class-action status.

"In light of CEO Musk's message to employees that racist epithets can be directed "unintentionally" and that it is 'important to be thick-skinned, ' it is not surprising that the Tesla Factory has become a hotbed for racist behavior", the suit said. In March, another black employee filed a lawsuit stating that he was sexually harassed, racially discriminated and harassed at the Fremont facility. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".

The suit references an e-mail that CEO Elon Musk allegedly sent to Fremont factory workers addressing complaints of a toxic culture.

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

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

Tesla has denied those claims as well.

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