Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc.'s California factory is "a hotbed for racist behavior" toward African Americans that includes the frequent use of racial epithets, a fired worker charged Monday in a state race discrimination class action.
According to The Washington Post, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Marcus Vaughn, a former employee at the Fremont factory from April 23 to October 31, who alleged that employees and supervisors regularly used the N-word around him and other black colleagues.
The lawsuit alleges that employees and supervisors regularly used the "N word" around Marcus Vaughn, who worked at the California facility earlier this year. He says he complained in writing to human resources officials, but those complaints were never investigated.
On Oct. 31, Vaughn was sacked for "not having a positive attitude".
"The law doesn't require you to have a thick skin", said Larry Organ, an attorney at the California Civil Rights Law Group, who was contacted by Vaughn after the law firm sued Tesla on behalf of other African-American employees who complained about racial harassment.
Vaughn stated that although the company is considered an innovative company and the pioneer of the electric auto revolution, its standard operating procedure "is pre-Civil rights era race discrimination".
Tesla has 33,000 employees worldwide, and approximately 10,000 of them work at the Fremont, Calif. assembly plant, according to Bloomberg News.
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The company is also facing lawsuits accusing it of discrimination against gay and older workers.
The company did not respond to Business Insider's requests for comment on the lawsuit Vaughn filed.
The email was sent to employees in May.
Tesla doesn't do enough to stamp out the rampant racial discrimination at the electric vehicle's factories, according to a lawsuit several black employees filed Monday.
"In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology", Tesla's C.E.O wrote in an email. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise". "It's somewhat akin to saying 'stop being politically correct.' When you have a diverse workforce, you need to take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome in that workforce.".
The company is also taking heat from the United Auto Workers union, which filed a federal complaint last month claiming Tesla fired factory workers who were trying to unionize.