"In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".
"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", the employees said in the complaint filed Monday in California's Alameda County Superior Court. He started working at Tesla in April and has filed written complaints to the human resources team, none of which were investigated.
On top of lawsuits, Tesla is facing criticism over its failure to meet production targets for its entry-level sedan, the Model 3.
Former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn who worked at the company's Fremont, California factory claimed in a lawsuit that black workers were racially profiled at the company. Vaughn charges that workers and managers on the factory floor routinely used the n-word within his earshot.
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In October, a former employee named Jorge Ferro filed a wrongful termination suit, alleging that not only did he suffer racial discrimination, but also taunts for being gay, including threats of violence.
The lawsuit was filed in the California state court in Oakland on Monday (13 November) and is at least the third filed this year by black workers.
Vaughn's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages under California's anti-discrimination law. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize". Ferro has said that he was sacked after one of his employees noticed a scar on his arm from a decades-old injury, with an HR official saying he was "handicapped" and stating nothing could be done to accommodate him.
In February, Tesla CEO Elon Musk informed the website Gizmodo that a staff member who wrote a post slamming the company was "paid by the UAW to join Tesla and agitate for a union".
Tesla has denied those claims as well.