Elon Musk’s Tesla is accused of discrimination and harassment of black employees working in a San Francisco-based factory. This has been alleged in a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, is based on complaints from hundreds of workers. Kevin Kish, the head of the civil rights enforcement department, said there was evidence that Tesla’s Fremont factory was a racially discriminated site. There black workers are insulted. They are also discriminated against in matters of work, salary and promotion.
According to a news agency report, the details of this case have not been released yet. Tesla also did not immediately issue a statement. However, in a blog post before the lawsuit was filed, Tesla called the case “misleading”. It said the agency “never raised any concerns” over workplace practices in its offices after a three-year investigation.
It has been said that this case seems to be centered on the allegations made by the production associates in the factory. All this happened between 2015 and 2019. The post also said that she would ask the court to “stop the matter and take steps to ensure the facts.” The blog says that Tesla has done so many good things for California. Attacking him should not be the main motive of the state agency.
In October last year, a San Francisco jury awarded nearly $137 million (about Rs 1030 crore) to a black contract worker. It is a form of compensation. The worker said that in 2015 and 2016 he faced racial slurs at the plant. Owen Diaz said that employees made racist images against him and that supervisors failed to stop it. Tesla is appealing against this decision. He has denied the case, which Diaz claimed. The factory where it is alleged to have happened has about 10,000 workers.
Tesla’s blog post states that the company terminates employees who do such work. These also include those who use racial abuse or harass others.
In recent years, there have been allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination at Tesla’s Fremont factory by several former employees. Many do not reach the courts because full-time employees of the company have to arbitrate disputes involving employees.