Tesla hits another lawsuit alleging racism in Fremont

Sometimes a manager at Tesla’s electric car plant in Fremont would greet employees with “Welcome to the ranch,” and sometimes he would say, “Welcome to the Slave House,” a lawsuit brought by a black employee.

The lawsuit filed Friday by a current Tesla worker after a slew of other lawsuits against Tesla — including a civil rights lawsuit by the state of California — alleges the company failed to properly respond to the racism rampant at its facilities.

Raina Pierce began production work at the Fremont plant in January 2021, installing latches on car doors, according to her heresy filed in Alameda County Superior Court. The suit claimed that “Tesla facilities have the n-word throughout,” where the slander often precedes the f-word. The suit alleged that the moderators referred to Pierce by using the n-word as an insult on the basis of gender.

Tesla, which is based in Texas after moving its headquarters from Palo Alto late last year, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company confirmed Monday that its CEO, Elon Musk, is buying Twitter, with Musk saying in a statement that freedom of expression is “the bedrock of a functioning democracy.”

Pierce also claimed in her suit that when the facility manager noticed she was being tasked with pushing two carts too heavy for one person, and reported to her immediate supervisors, one of them angrily claimed she had gotten him into trouble, and later made a saucy comment about being unable to bear blacks.

The suit alleged that her supervisors allowed non-black workers to regularly switch stations, but denied her requests to switch stations, and disciplined her more frequently and severely than they did non-black workers.

Pierce in May 2021 reported the alleged harassment and discrimination to Tesla’s human resources department, according to the lawsuit. A month ago, she began experiencing sharp pain in her left knee and lower leg, with the problem exacerbated by prolonged standing, long walks or heavy lifting, according to the suit. In September, she developed leg pain and inflammation, yelled sick and was told she was on vacation.

In the lawsuit, she alleged that Tesla, in addition to discriminating against her on the basis of race and gender, and failing to stop the alleged race-based harassment, retaliated against her for reporting the alleged issues by making her stay on vacation for more than three months. Claiming public, punitive and compensatory damages.

In February, the California Department of Employment and Fair Housing—the state’s civil rights regulator—sued a lawsuit against Tesla, alleging that black workers at the company’s Fremont facility received lower wages than white workers, refused to apply, and faced racial abuse. Daily, including the gallows. In the bathroom next to a reference to lynching and racial insult. Tesla called the lawsuit, in Alameda County Superior Court, “misleading” and “unfair.” Earlier this month, in a lawsuit that attacked the state investigation that led to the lawsuit being filed “naked,” Tesla revealed that it was under investigation by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Also in February, Kaylen Barker, a black worker at a Tesla parts plant in Lathrop, claimed in a lawsuit that a white co-worker called her the n-word and assaulted her. According to the lawsuit, Tesla fired its attacker but rehired her about two weeks later.

In March, a former Black quality manager at Tesla claimed, in a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court, that white co-workers who knew he had been traumatized by severe blast injuries he received as a military contractor in Afghanistan, tortured him with grotesques Ringing is set to sound. Like incoming missile warnings, among other race-based violations. Marcellous Cage claimed that Tesla fired him on racial grounds and because he reported life-threatening safety violations at the factory.

Late last year, Jessica Barazza, a factory worker in Fremont, alleged in a lawsuit that she and other workers at the facility had been subjected to a “pervasive culture of sexual harassment,” which included a “daily barrage of sexist language and behavior” along with “repeated touching on the grounds of the factory.”

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