Jueves, 23 Noviembre, 2017

Tesla Sued Over Alleged Use of N-Word Against Black Worker

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Frascuelo Febo | Noviembre 15, 2017, 03:06

"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", the employee said in the complaint, filed Monday in California's Alameda County Superior Court. The newest suit was filed by former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn, who seeks to sue on behalf of himself and more than 100 other black Tesla employees who have faced discrimination in the workplace.

The employees are seeking permission from a judge to sue as a group and are seeking unspecified general and punitive monetary damages as well as an order for Tesla to implement policies to prevent and correct harassment.

The suit also says that in July this year, black workers at Tesla's Fremont factory sent a note to Tesla's HR business partner Rose Sanson and CEO Elon Musk detailing the kinds of harassment they were experiencing.

A few months into the job, he was fired for "not having a positive attitude".

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. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit. Vaughn alleged that employees and supervisors regularly used the "N word" around him and other black colleagues.

Compounding matters for Tesla, a New Yorker piece on Monday featured a former female employee who said she didn't receive a promotion due to gender discrimination.

The lawsuit is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits accusing Tesla of discrimination. "I think that Tesla has been very influential in motivating the luxury brands to offer similar capabilities", Gartner lead automotive analyst Mike Ramsey told Engadget. "I think we've made a lot of progress since then", Musk said. Specifically, the big reveal is slated to go down this Thursday at 8 PM and will be streamed live.

The Fremont plant employs 10,000 workers, which is almost one-third of Tesla's entire workforce, according to NBC News.

This is also not the first time Elon Musk has come under fire from progressives this year.

An African-American employee, who was working for Tesla before getting fired, accused the automaker of being racist towards people of color.