Tesla has responded to a lawsuit filed Monday in California’s Alameda County Superior Court, alleging that its Fremont factory is a “hotbed for racist behavior.” The lawsuit, filed by former Tesla worker Marcus Vaughn, said he was frequently addressed with the “n-word” by peers as well as Tesla supervisors in the workplace.
“Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination,” stated Vaughn’s lawsuit.
Tesla has issued a response through the company’s blog, saying that the lawsuit contained a number of false statements. The response also questions the intentions of the lawyer filing suit.
“The trial lawyer who filed this lawsuit has a long track record of extorting money for meritless claims and using the threat of media attacks and expensive trial costs to get companies to settle. At Tesla, we would rather pay ten times the settlement demand in legal fees and fight to the ends of the Earth than give in to extortion and allow this abuse of the legal system.” said Tesla.
In addition, a copy of the company-wide email sent by CEO Elon Musk with subject line “Doing the right thing” was shared in Tesla’s “Hotbed of Misinformation” blog post. We’ve attached a copy of the email below.