"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 Rights era race discrimination", Vaughn said in the complaint, filed in California's Alameda County Superior Court. The claim seeks unspecified punitive monetary damages and for Tesla to add more policies to combat workplace harassment.
"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.
"He went on to add that the Tesla representatives who were shadowing those given access to what is supposed to be a production vehicle on sale to the public told him, ". that they believed that Model 3 was much further ahead than where Model X and S had been at this point in production".
Last week, Musk went on the offensive after Moran, who claimed to be a Tesla employee, wrote a 760-word argument for why factory workers in Fremont should unionize. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".
We were unable to obtain a copy of the lawsuit prior to publishing, and have reached out to Tesla for comment.
The case is the third this year claiming anti-black discrimination against the auto manufacturer.
Vaughn was sacked in October for "not having a positive attitude" and alleges in the lawsuit that he was called "n****r" repeatedly by supervisors and coworkers.
NEW YORK - DEC 14, 2016: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower on December 14, 2016, in New York. On Tesla's most recent earnings call, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk acknowledged that the company recently fired about 700 workers for low performance.
It's not shocking that Jim Chanos added to Kynikos Associates' Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) short. He said he was fired in October. In July, female workers labelled the work site in Fremont as a "predator zone".
The company is also facing lawsuits accusing it of discrimination against gay and older workers.
Per Bloomberg, the lawsuit also claims it's a "hotbed for racist behavior". "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", he explained.
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