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Tesla Is a "Hotbed for Racist Behavior," Worker Claims in Suit

Posted by Megalith 11:30 AM (CST)

Tuesday November 14, 2017

Tesla’s production floor is a "hotbed for racist behavior," an African-American employee claimed in a lawsuit in which he alleged black workers at the electric carmaker suffer severe and pervasive harassment. Marcus Vaughn alleges that employees and supervisors regularly used the "N word" around him and other black colleagues. He was later terminated for "not having a positive attitude."



According to Monday’s complaint, Musk sent an email to Tesla factory employees on May 31. "Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group," Musk wrote in the email. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize. In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology."


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