Tesla is being sued by a former employee of the Fremont factory and Gigafactory Nevada after the worker alleged he was fired for reporting racial issues and safety discrepancies at factories.
Marc Cage, an African American who worked at Gigafactory Nevada and Fremont, first claimed to have reported security breaches that could have led to massive explosions at the Nevada factory. Cage also said he was also racially harassed at the Fremont plant by management.
“Tesla’s commitments to unrealistic production goals and frantic efforts to ramp up its production, often to fulfill thoughtless promises, negated any commitment to employee safety,” Cage said in the lawsuit, which was filed in court. the Alameda County Superior Court last Friday, according to for Reuters. “Virtually every restroom at the Tesla Fremont facility contained writing or engravings of racist symbols and slurs, including swastikas and prominent displays of the n-word.”
Allegations of racism at Tesla facilities, particularly the Fremont factory, have been reported more frequently in recent months. After Owen Diaz received a $137 million judgment following his lawsuit against the California-based automaker, further allegations of racist behavior by Tesla management and shift supervisors were reported.
Recently, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Tesla for alleged systemic racial discrimination and harassment at the Fremont plant. In a blog post days before the lawsuit was filed, Tesla said the DFEH lawsuit was “misguided,” revealing that over the past five years nearly 50 complaints from various employees have been filed with the company. ‘State Agency to Investigate Tesla. No instances of misconduct were found, Tesla said.
However, the lawsuit filed was made public a few days later, on February 9. Black and/or African-American Tesla workers said they were often treated unfairly, assigned to “more physically demanding positions and the lowest contract roles, paid less and more often fired than other workers”. Workers also said racial symbols, including swastikas and other insensitive designs, are seen on everything from lunch tables to production equipment.
Cage v. Tesla, Inc., 22-CV-007293, was filed in the California Superior Court, Alameda County.
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