Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer, is potentially facing a class-action lawsuit after 240 Black workers came forward, stating that they have experienced or witnessed widespread racism and discrimination at a plant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On June 5, testimonies were filed in Alameda County Superior Court from employees and contractors who worked at Tesla’s Fremont factory. These testimonies detailed the frequent use of racial slurs and instances where the manufacturing site was likened to a plantation or slave ship, as reported by the Associated Press.
These individual testimonies are part of a Tesla racism lawsuit originally filed in 2017 by Marcus Vaughn, who alleged that he was subjected to slurs by co-workers and supervisors.
Despite reporting the incidents to human resources and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, no investigation was conducted, and Vaughn was ultimately fired for not displaying a “positive attitude,” according to his legal representation.
This lawsuit is one of several that have been filed, all claiming racism and discrimination within the Fremont plant.
In one testimony, Albert Blakes, a production associate, described the distressing reality of facing hours of racist slurs, references to slavery, and offensive graffiti at work. Blakes reported these incidents to human resources in late 2021, but no action was taken.
“It is essential to hold Tesla accountable for the racism present at the Fremont factory and to set an example that this kind of racism is unacceptable in California workplaces,” Blakes asserted.
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