Multicompany Tesla Inc. is facing legal action from an African American employee who claims that their working environment is a “hotbed for racist behavior”.
The complaint was filed Monday in California’s Alameda County Superior Court. The man that filled the complaint states that he is one of over 100 African American Tesla workers who were subjected to constant harassment on the production floor. The man tore down Tesla Inc.’s clean image by criticizing their approach to workplace equality.
“Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Right era race discrimination.” the man said in his complaint
The lawsuit was filled under Marcus Vaughn, who worked at a Tesla factory in Fremont. Vaughn claimed he along with other African American workers were called the “N-word” by their other co-workers. The man allegedly lost his job after he wrote to the human resources department and Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, and CEO. The reason for his termination was due to his lack of a “positive attitude”.
This wasn’t the first claim of wrongful termination from Tesla Inc.’s part as another assembly worker filed a lawsuit in March claiming his co-workers constantly harassed him. A judge sent the case to arbitration.
Vaughn is currently seeking unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law.
The company denied the claims stating their decision to terminate Vaughn was based on employee performance reviews. Elon Musk, however, did mention an employee in a Gizmodo interview who wrote a blog post criticizing the company. He alleged the worker to have been paid by the UAW to form a union.
Musk sent an email to Tesla factory workers following Monday’s complaint blaming Vaughn’s work ethic rather than him being discriminated. Larry Organ, an attorney at the California Civil Rights Law Group, dismissed Musk’s remarks stating that a company such as Tesla Inc. has to further implement ways of accommodating a diverse workforce.
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