Tesla class action lawsuit alleges racism, unsafe factory conditions

Shares of Tesla closed straight down 2.1 percent on Tuesday afternoon following news of a civil legal rights lawsuit against the automakers.

The proposed class-action match alleges a racist culture at Tesla, unsafe factory conditions, and failure for the business, including CEO Elon Musk personally, to prevent or investigate race-based harassment and discrimination there.

Filed on behalf of plaintiff Marcus Vaughn, a great ex-Tesla worker, and a lot more than 100 African Americans who worked for Tesla’s Fremont factory between November 2016 and November 2017, the suit promises that Tesla allowed factory workers to apply racist epithets, failed to take corrective action against harassers and fired black color workers who complained.

The match references an e-mail that CEO Elon Musk allegedly delivered to Fremont factory workers addressing complaints of a toxic culture. In this, Musk reportedly advised black workers, and different minorities:

“Part of not being a huge jerk is normally considering how someone might feel who is portion of [a] historically fewer represented group,” Musk wrote on the email. “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 vital to come to be thick-skinned and accept that apology.”

The match also says that in July this season, black workers at Tesla’s Fremont factory sent an email to Tesla’s HR business partner Rose Sanson and CEO Elon Musk detailing the types of harassment these were experiencing. The e-mail excerpted in the match said:

“[One worker] spoke up and stated he didn’t like when associates state N— on the line. It produced him and a lot of us on the line experience uncomfortable. Since that day time there’s been so very much backlash from him obtaining hit in the rear of the top with a couch, to him getting named bipolar, sensitive, people say n—- just to get a response out of him…. I just trust whoever reads this will something about it before someone on my line snaps, and someone gets hurt.”

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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