"Race harassment has continued at the Tesla Factory, and became more widespread, because despite their knowledge of the harassment, Defendants have done nothing that could be reasonably expected to stop it".
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.
Vaughn's legal action, filed in California state court in Oakland on November 13, is at least the third lawsuit filed this year by black workers alleging racial slurs were used against them and that the company ignored their complaints, Reuters reported.
Tesla's factory in Fremont is a "hotbed for racist behavior", according to a a legal complaint filed in California's Alameda County Superior Court on Monday and reported by Bloomberg. According to Vaugh, this came after he filed a complaint to human resources and Musk about Tesla employees repeatedly using racial epithets around him and his black co-workers in the plant. Vaughn said he sent complaints to the human resources department, as well as CEO Elon Musk, but was sacked on October 31 for not having a "positive attitude". His lawsuit seeks unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law.
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'Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination, ' Vaughn's lawsuit read.
A representative for Musk did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment. At the same facility, United Auto Workers (UAW) launched a campaign encouraging workers to join the union.
Brian Snyder / Reuters Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, July 15, 2017.
Tesla may have a discrimination problem.
Tesla has 33,000 employees worldwide, and approximately 10,000 of them work at the Fremont, Calif. assembly plant, according to Bloomberg News. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology". "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize". The lawsuit alleges no one from the company followed up with Vaughn about his complaint, nor did they investigate his claims. Tesla has categorically denied these allegations.