15 Black Tesla employees sue for racial harassment
Fifteen current and former Tesla employees have sued the company, alleging racial prejudice and bullying. The case filed in California last week claims the EV manufacturer created a racially hostile work environment. The charges came as the world’s largest EV manufacturer is being petitioned by California civil rights authorities, who filed a complaint against the company in February alleging a three-year study discovered proof of racial discrimination at Tesla’s Fremont factory.
15 accusers have accused the EV maker of passing over Black employees for promotions. Tesla allows racial comments, including the N-word, in its work because it doesn’t discipline users. The company also hasn’t removed racist doodles from factory washrooms. A complainant alleged he was attacked by another factory worker while on duty, and when he told his boss, the boss told him to “suck it up and be a man, this happens all the time.” After this occurrence, one of his colleagues threw metal bolts at him, and his head did nothing when he complained. Tesla’s black employees were harassed and attacked long before this happened.
A black, gay Electric Car employee made another claim in February. She said a coworker harassed her and once threw a hot grinding tool at her, but the firm did nothing despite her complaints. In June, a corporate investor accused Tesla of racial discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. In the past 5 years, 46 claims of sexism and racism in the company’s Fermont facility were lodged, a news agency reported in March.