Tesla factory is a 'hotbed for racist behavior': suit

A former Tesla employee is accusing Tesla of racial discrimination at its Fremont California factory.                  James Martin  CNET

More than 100 black people are seeking permission from a judge to file a class action lawsuit and are hoping to implement policies preventing discrimination at Tesla.

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.

Vaughn in the lawsuit says he was routinely called the "n-word" by supervisors and coworkers after he began working at the factory in April.

In October, Vaughn was sacked for "not having a positive attitude".

Owen Diaz and his son, Demetric, left to right, talk about their lawsuit against Tesla at their attorney's office in Oakland, California, on Thursday, 21 September, 2017. Over 10,000 employees work at its auto-assembly plant in Fremont, California. Last month, UAW filed a complaint with a federal labor board on behalf of Tesla employees that were allegedly laid off because they support the union.

This is the third lawsuit levelled against Tesla this year for alleged racist incidents in California.

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A former Tesla employee is accusing Tesla of racial discrimination at its Fremont, California, factory. In October, Musk confirmed, about 700 Tesla employees were fired for what it claimed was poor performance. Their suit claims they were regularly harassed by co-workers with racial slurs and insults.

NEW YORK - DEC 14, 2016: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower on December 14, 2016, in New York.

Tesla is also reportedly facing lawsuits alleging discrimination against gay and older employees, but it has denied those claims.

According to Bloomberg, Vaughn referenced an email to employees from founder and chief executive Elon Musk in his complaint.

"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".

"Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric auto revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination", stated Vaughn's lawsuit, filed Monday in California's Alameda County Superior Court. "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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