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A former Tesla employee says that, when he complained about racism in the company, he was met with derision — and, to add insult to injury, was fired because he didn’t “have a positive attitude.”
“Standard operating procedure at the Tesla Factory is pre-Civil Rights Era race discrimination,” Marcus Vaughn alleged in a class action suit. The lawsuit asserted that non-African-American supervisors and employees frequently made racist comments against African-American employees at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, Calif.
“This harassment included the use of the terms ‘n—–‘ and ‘n—-‘ on a regular basis,” the complaint asserted. “Mr. Vaughn also observed other African-American employees, including African-American co-worker Timothy Cotton, being called ‘n—–‘ and ‘n—-.’”
Vaughn also claimed that Cotton received backlash after complaining about the racist mistreatment. Vaughn claimed Cotton was called “bipolar” and “sensitive” and was hit in the back of the head with a chair. After the assault, Vaughn gave a written complaint to CEO Elon Musk and Rose Sanson, the company’s human resources partner. After submitting it, Vaughn claimed he was fired for “not having a positive attitude.”
Perhaps the most striking detail of the lawsuit was an alleged email that it …read more