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Black workers' lawsuit claims Tesla is a hotbed for racism

Chris Helgren  Reuters                       A Tesla electric vehicle charger is seen on a river bank at the edge of a parking lot in Kitchener Ont. Oct. 13 2017 Chris Helgren Reuters A Tesla electric vehicle charger is seen on a river bank at the edge of a parking lot in Kitchener Ont. Oct. 13 2017
Manuel Armenta | 15 Noviembre, 2017, 03:02

The plaintiff in this class-action suit doesn't just want monetary damages - he's also asking Tesla to create preventative and corrective policies to help eliminate future problems.

Former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn filed the lawsuit in California's Alameda County Superior Court Monday on behalf of black workers at Tesla's Fremont factory.

Vaughn was fired from the Fremont plant in late October with "not having a positive attitude" listed as the cause of termination.

According to Bloomberg, Vaughn referenced an email to employees from founder and chief executive Elon Musk in his complaint. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize". Further, these two trendlines are converging in the $320-$330 area, which is where TSLA was trading before its last earnings bear gap, and an area that's acted as both support and resistance for the past few months.

Tesla didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The email drew criticism from The Root as well as California Civil Rights Law Group attorney Larry Organ. Organ's law firm sued Tesla on behalf of other black employees this year.

In the legal complaint, Vaughn v. Tesla the Superior Court of California, alleges that Tesla workers, including managers, routinely used derogatory and discriminatory language against African-American workers. The lawsuit also alleges that they were sent racist and violent videos.

Meanwhile Tesla is struggling to get its Model 3 out of its factory. Demetric Diaz, one of the three complainants, believes he was fired for reporting the incidents to his supervisor. "I think that Tesla has been very influential in motivating the luxury brands to offer similar capabilities", Gartner lead automotive analyst Mike Ramsey told Engadget. "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.

The CEO informed the blog that he intends to publish the results of the probe later this week. On the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), the stock's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 1.18 is higher than 76% of all other readings from the past year.

Earlier, a female engineer working for the manufacturer of the first electric sports car said she was a victim of "pervasive harassment".