An African-American man has filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk-owned EV producer Tesla asserting he was terminated for reporting widespread safety violations and race discrimination at the manufacturing plant.
In the lawsuit filed with Alameda County Superior Court, Marc Cage, alleged that he “witnessed and reported countless violations to dozens of Tesla personnel in various departments, including to the highest levels of the company” at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada.
“Tesla’s commitments to unrealistic production goals and frantic efforts to ramp up its production, often to make good on rash promises, overrode any commitment to employee safety,” the complaint says.
He also claimed that Tesla employees abused and harassed him because of his race.
“Virtually every restroom in Tesla Fremont facility contained writings or carvings of racist symbols and slurs, including swastikas and prominent displays of the n-word,” Cage said in his complaint. “After receiving hundreds of complaints from workers, DFEH found evidence that Tesla’s Fremont factory is a racially segregated workplace where Black workers are subjected to racial slurs and discriminated against in job assignments, discipline, pay, and promotion creating a hostile work environment,” the agency’s director Kevin Kish said in a statement.