Lawsuit Alleges Tesla Factory Is 'Hotbed for Racist Behavior'

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"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's complaint to the court reads.

Former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of more than 100 African-Americans working at the company's Fremont, Calif., production plant.

The plaintiff in this class-action suit doesn't just want monetary damages - he's also asking Tesla to create preventative and corrective policies to help eliminate future problems.

Documents obtained from the Alameda County Clerk of the Superior Court paint a damning picture for Musk and his electric car company, claiming that Vaughn and others were routinely called the n-word by fellow employees.

The lawsuit alleges that the former Tesla employees were told by supervisors and co-workers: 'Go back to Africa.

Regardless, one of the reasons why Musk is such a fascinating, if not controversial, character is precisely because he's prone to making tantalizing statements that only serve to heighten our collective interest in the company's plans, no matter how far from reality those statements may seem at the surface. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize. In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology". Tesla is yet to comment on Vaughn's lawsuit.

The email drew criticism from The Root as well as California Civil Rights Law Group attorney Larry Organ. Organ's law firm sued Tesla on behalf of other black employees this year.

"Tesla representatives acknowledged some of the fit issues, but stated that they believed that Model 3 was much further ahead than where Model X and S had been at this point in production". The article states that today's price/earnings multiples of auto shares (subscription required) are "historically low", though Tesla "is looking overvalued". In the automotive world, that's not a win and the long lead time could affect the company's health long term which could impact the battery and solar panel portions of the company. The UAW has already claimed that he is not on its payroll. "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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