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Tesla hit by latest lawsuit alleging racial abuse against Black employees

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SAN FRANCISCO – Fifteen Black former or current employees at Tesla filed a lawsuit against the electrical automobile maker on Thursday, alleging they were subjected to racial abuse and harassment at its factories.

The employees said they were subjected to offensive racist comments and behavior by colleagues, managers, and human resources employees frequently, in keeping with the lawsuit filed in a California state court.

The harassment, which occurred mostly at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory, included using the terms “nigger”, “slavery” or “plantation” or making sexual comments similar to “likes booty,” the lawsuit said, adding that the automaker’s “standard operating procedures include blatant, open and unmitigated race discrimination”.

Tesla is currently facing several lawsuits alleging widespread race discrimination or sexual harassment.REUTERS

FILE PHOTO: The body of a Tesla Model S is transported by an automated crane at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File PhotoCEO Elon Musk’s company is under fire after claims of a toxic workplace environment have surfaced. REUTERS

A number of the plaintiffs were assigned to probably the most physically demanding posts in Tesla or omitted for promotion, in keeping with the lawsuit.

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It said that Montieco Justice, a production associate at Tesla’s Fremont factory, was immediately demoted upon returning to Tesla after taking a licensed leave of absence in consequence of contracting COVID-19.

Tesla didn’t immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment.

The automaker is facing not less than 10 lawsuits alleging widespread race discrimination or sexual harassment, including one by a California civil rights agency.

It previously has denied wrongdoing and says it has policies in place to stop and address workplace misconduct.

On Monday, a federal judge in California ordered a latest trial on the damages Tesla owes to a Black former factory employee who accused the corporate of race discrimination, after he turned down a $15 million award.

This month, a Tesla shareholder filed a lawsuit accusing CEO Elon Musk and the corporate’s board of directors of neglecting employee complaints and fostering a toxic workplace culture.

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