Allegations against Tesla claim that the company “turned a blind eye” to racism at one of their factories.
According to a legal complaint, the company’s Fremont factory is a “hotbed for racist behavior,” where the word “n*gger” was frequently used.
“Marcus Vaughn is an African-American who worked on Tesla’s factory floor from April to October of this year. Vaughn charges that workers and managers on the factory floor routinely used the n-word within his earshot,” reported Ars Technica. “When he complained to the human resources department, Vaughn says, he was fired for ‘not having a positive attitude.'”
“Vaughn is seeking to be the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 100 black Tesla workers,” they explained, adding that, “The lawsuit was filed by Lawrence Organ, the same civil rights lawyer who sued on behalf of three other black Tesla workers for racial discrimination last month.”
In response to the allegations, Tesla claimed, “Our investigation identified a number of conflicting accusations and counter-accusations between several African-American and Hispanic individuals.”
“Immediate action was taken, which included terminating the employment of three of the individuals. We believe this was the fair and just response to the facts that we learned,” the company continued, also claiming that Vaughn wasn’t fired, and was simply “employed by a temp agency with a six-month contract that simply wasn’t renewed.”