Jose Moran - who claimed to be an employee at the Fremont factory - wrote a scathing critique of the facility and his employer, alleging "excessive mandatory overtime" and low wages.
Vaughn's legal action, filed in California state court in Oakland on November 13, is at least the third lawsuit filed this year by black workers alleging racial slurs were used against them and that the company ignored their complaints, Reuters reported. Now, the automaker has been slapped with a class-action complaint that claims Tesla is a "hotbed for racist behavior" across one of Tesla's factories. After filing a written complaint with human resources, Vaughn was sacked last month for "not having a positive attitude".
Tesla hasn't commented on this claim but has denied past allegations.
In his lawsuit, Vaugh mentioned that employees and supervisors used the "N-Word" on a regular basis around Vaugh, and drew racist graffiti on cardboard boxes.
Vaughn then reached out to Larry Organ, an attorney at the California Civil Rights Law Group, after the law firm sued Tesla earlier this year when other former employees complained about racial harassment this year. Vaughn worked in the Fremont factory from April 23 to October 31. A third lawsuit, alleging similar facts, was filed in March.
Brian Snyder / Reuters Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, July 15, 2017. "In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologises, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".
The email was sent to employees in May. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise". "It's somewhat akin to saying 'stop being politically correct.' When you have a diverse workforce, you need to take steps to make sure everyone feels welcome in that workforce", he explained.
An October lawsuit over racial discrimination also described a work environment where racial slurs were common.
The lawsuit is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits accusing Tesla of discrimination.