Tesla hit by class-ac­tion law­suit claim­ing racial dis­crim­i­na­tion

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NEW YORK: US au­tomaker Tesla Inc on Mon­day was hit with a clas­s­ac­tion law­suit claim­ing its Cal­i­for­nia pro­duc­tion plant is a “hot­bed for racist be­hav­iour.”

The law­suit filed in Cal­i­for­nia state court in Oak­land is at least the third filed this year by black work­ers who say they were ad­dressed us­ing racial slurs and that the com­pany ig­nored their com­plaints.

But Mon­day’s law­suit, filed by for­mer Tesla em­ployee Mar­cus Vaughn, is the first to bring those claims on be­half of a large class of black work­ers at the au­tomaker’s Fre­mont, Cal­i­for­nia fac­tory.

Tesla did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

The com­pany is also fac­ing law­suits ac­cus­ing it of dis­crim­i­na­tion against gay and older work­ers. It has de­nied those claims.

Vaughn in the law­suit says he was rou­tinely called the “n-word” by su­per­vi­sors and co­work­ers af­ter he be­gan work­ing at the fac­tory in April. He says he com­plained in writ­ing to hu­man re­sources of­fi­cials, the com­pany never in­ves­ti­gated claims.

Vaughn says he was fired in Oc­to­ber for “not hav­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.” He but his is seek­ing un­spec­i­fied dam­ages un­der a Cal­i­for­nia anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion law.

The grow­ing num­ber of dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suits against Tesla come as the com­pany is also fac­ing a union­i­sa­tion cam­paign from the United Auto Work­ers.

In Fe­bru­ary, Tesla chief ex­ec­u­tive Elon Musk told the web­site Giz­modo that an em­ployee who wrote a blog post crit­i­cis­ing the com­pany was “paid by the UAW to join Tesla and ag­i­tate for a union.”

The union and the worker de­nied that he had been paid by UAW. Last month, the union filed a com­plaint with a fed­eral labour board on be­half of scores of work­ers who it says were laid off be­cause they sup­port the union.

The com­pany de­nied the claims and said the de­ci­sion was based on em­ployee re­views.

— AFP

Peo­ple wait in line at a Tesla Mo­tors deal­er­ship to place de­posits on the car com­pany in Cal­i­for­nia.

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