Tesla has hit again at a class-action lawsuit that alleges its Fremont, California production plant is a “hotbed for racist behavior.” Filed previous this week by way of Marcus Vaughn, who labored at the plant from April to October, the swimsuit claims that Tesla did not investigated a human sources grievance by way of Vaughn after time and again being referred to as the “n-word” by way of managers and coworkers. Instead, Vaughn says he was once fired in October for “not having a positive attitude.”
This is at least the 3rd lawsuit introduced towards Tesla that says it has no longer completed sufficient to deal with racial harassment at its Fremont factory.
In a put up on Tesla’s weblog titled “Hotbed of Misinformation,” the corporate claims that Vaughn’s lawsuit has “a number of false statements.” It claims Tesla investigated “disappointing behavior” amongst individuals who labored on or close to Vaughn’s staff a number of months in the past, which concerned “conflicting accusations and counter-accusations between several African-American and Hispanic individuals, alleging use of racial language, including the ’n-word’ and ‘w-word,’ towards each other and a threat of violence.” Tesla says it fired 3 folks as a consequence of the investigation.
“Our company has more than 33,000 employees, with over 10,000 in the Fremont factory alone, so it is not humanly possible to stop all bad conduct, but we will do our best to make it is as close to zero as possible,” the weblog put up states.
It is going directly to problem a number of over statements in Vaughn’s class-action lawsuit, together with his declare that he was once fired. Tesla says Vaughn was once hired by way of a temp company, no longer Tesla, and left after his six-month contract was once up as an alternative of being terminated.
Tesla additionally addressed an e-mail to workers by way of founder and leader government officer Elon Musk that was once discussed in Vaughn’s grievance. In it, Musk wrote “In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology.”
The weblog put up says that the Musk supposed individuals who say sorry for making a hurtful observation on one instance will have to have their apology accredited if it’s trustworthy, as a result of “the counterpoint would be that a single careless comment should ruin a person’s life and career, even if they truly regret their action and do their best to make amends. That would be a cold world with no forgiveness and no heart.”
Both Musk’s e-mail and Tesla’s new weblog put up, then again, were interpreted as minimizing the enjoy of racial discrimination and harassment.
I’ve no longer observed proof suggesting that individuals have their lives ruined by way of a unmarried offensive remark. Or many. Or sustained bigotry, bias and hate of their movements.
— Richard Lawler (@rjcc) November 15, 2017
Tesla’s weblog put up additionally does no longer point out that the corporate is already going through different proceedings that declare it has no longer completed sufficient to deal with discrimination and harassment. Last month, 3 African-American staff filed a swimsuit that says they skilled harassment, together with being referred to as the “n-word” and racist drawings, at the Fremont plant. That swimsuit got here seven months after some other one filed by way of DeWitt Lambert in March, who mentioned he was once “subjected to racial slurs and lewd behavior” at the similar facility.
The plaintiffs in all 3 proceedings are represented by way of employment and civil rights legal professional Lawrence Organ. Tesla took photographs at Organ in its weblog put up, claiming that he “has a long track record of extorting moeny for meritless claims and using the threat of media attacks and expensive trial costs to get companies to settle.” (TechCrunch has contacted Organ for remark).
In addition to the 3 racial discrimination circumstances, Tesla is additionally going through a lawsuit introduced in October by way of Jorge Ferro, a homosexual ex-worker at the Fremont factory, who alleges he was once fired after complaining about anti-gay harassment and threats of violence. Ferro is being represented by way of legal professional Chris Dolan, no longer Organ.