Tesla has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company’s Fremont, California facility operates under “pre-civil rights era race discrimination.” Inverse has obtained the lawsuit in full, brought forth by former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn on behalf of a number of Black employees at the facility who claim they’ve experienced daily racial harassment from a number of co-workers.
Vaughn claims that he reported this harassment to human resources, but that the company never investigated.
“African-American employees, including Plaintiff and other Class Members, have complained to their supervisors, Human Resources and upper management about the racist behavior in the workplace, both verbally and in writing.
As early as fall 2015, Mr. Lambert complained to his Supervisor Charles Lambert about the frequent use of the N-words, and a year later showed Human Resources Business Partner Rose Sanson hateful, violent and racist videos created on his phone by an employee and a supervisor at the Tesla Factory.
The suit also alleges that on May 31, 2017, a month after Vaughn had been hired, Musk sent the following email to Tesla Factory employees, which seems to suggest its Black employees should be “thick-skinned” and “accept” the apology of a co-worker who’s racially harassed them, should they apologize at all: