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Tesla 'Hotbed For Racist Behaviors' Lawsuit Claims, Following Previous Accusations

Tesla 'Hotbed For Racist Behaviors' Lawsuit Claims, Following Previous Accusations

During that time though other automakers paid attention to the Silicon Valley company as it gained attention for its cars and Autopilot (its semi-autonomous feature).

The plaintiff in this class-action suit doesn't just want monetary damages - he's also asking Tesla to create preventative and corrective policies to help eliminate future problems.

Vaughn - who worked for the company from April 23 to Halloween - said supervisors routinely used the "N word" in front of black workers. Vaughn's employment was later terminated for "not having a positive attitude" after he complained to human resources about the issue.

CEO Elon Musk sent a staff-wide email earlier this year advising black employees not to overreact when someone treats you inappropriately in the workplace, according to the lawsuit.

Regardless, one of the reasons why Musk is such a fascinating, if not controversial, character is precisely because he's prone to making tantalizing statements that only serve to heighten our collective interest in the company's plans, no matter how far from reality those statements may seem at the surface. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize", he wrote. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".

Tesla didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The case is the third this year claiming anti-black discrimination against the auto manufacturer. Vaughn describes a work environment where he was often called the n-word by supervisors and coworkers.

The claims of discrimination made by Vaughn's lawsuit fit into a trend of marginalized tech workers facing harassment on the basis of their identities.

Another former Tesla employee is seeking permission from a judge to sue Tesla for racial harassment on behalf of over 100 affected African-American workers, according to a report from Bloomberg Technology. The stock is also testing support in the $300-$310 area, which has provided a round-number foothold and is home to a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the equity's rally from late 2016 to its September 2017 peak. Tesla has categorically denied these allegations. "It's somewhat akin to saying 'stop being politically correct.' When you have a diverse workforce, you need to take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome in that workforce", he explained. "Fit and finish on the two demo cars we saw - perhaps not surprisingly - was relatively poor".