Tesla sued over alleged use of n-word against black worker

This undated image provided by Tesla Motors shows the Tesla Model 3 sedan. The electric car company’s newest vehicle, the Model 3, which set to go to its first 30 customers Friday, July 28, 2017, is half the cost of previous models. Its $35,000 starting price and 215-mile range could bring hundreds of thousands of customers into Tesla’s fold, taking it from a niche luxury brand to the mainstream. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP)

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Tesla worker is suing the car company, alleging he was called the n-word and describing the Northern California factory as a “hotbed for racist behavior.”

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Marcus Vaughn filed the discrimination suit on Monday. He was fired last month.

The assembly line worker says supervisors and co-workers routinely used the racial slur against him and other black employees but no investigation was conducted, even after he made a written report to Tesla human resources.

The suit also claims Tesla CEO wrote a memo in May urging people to be “thick-skinned” about insults if an apology is delivered.

Three other black workers filed similar legal action earlier this year.

A message seeking comment from Tesla wasn’t immediately returned.

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