Tesla’s racial discrimination lawsuit highlights the need for change


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David Alvarado

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing is suing Tesla, Inc. for racial discrimination. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, and his company should be held accountable for their actions.

Black workers are experiencing “rampant racism” while working for Tesla as the company neglected to follow the rules to its anti-discrimination policy, according to The Guardian.

The lawsuit, filed on Feb. 9 in an Almeda County Superior Court in California, states that Black employees were victims of racial maltreatment through graffiti, slurs and unethical working conditions.

Black employees at the company’s Freemont Factory were segregated into separate areas that were addressed as “porch monkey stations.” The lawsuit claims the n-word is thrown around viciously and victims of harassment say the workplace felt like a “slave ship,” The Los Angeles Times reported.

Discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable. The lawsuit shines a light on the mistreatment of Black employees in a way that threatens the reputation of Tesla.

Nonetheless, Tesla refuses to accept blame, calling the case “misguided” in a public blog post.

Tesla claims their company’s misconduct toward employees is not relevant at this time as the alleged harassment took place from 2015-2019. Musk, who belligerently disregards the severity of the allegations, digs his own grave as his potent character deteriorates before the nation.

“@elonmusk tweeting Hitler memes as Tesla’s being sued for rampant and horrific racism in its Freemont plant tells you everything you need to know,” Editor-In-Chief of Mother Jones Magazine Clara Jeffrey tweeted.

Even one of the richest people in the world cannot escape the repercussions of his company’s actions. The verbal, emotional and physical harassment of Black employees goes so far back in time one begins to wonder if it will ever stop.

The lawsuit mentions how dozens of Tesla’s employees are underpaid and unrecognized when it comes to opportunity advancement within the company.

Abuse of Black employees at Tesla can be traced back over a decade with claims workers are “segregated to the lowest levels,” according to NPR.

It’s discouraging to see the prejudice against employees of color continue in today’s society, especially in the United States. The United States symbolizes freedom, bravery, power and equality.

Employees who were bold enough to speak up for themselves were treated even worse, NPR reported.

Tesla believes the lawsuit is “counterproductive” and “unfair” as the company will ask the court to put the case on pause.

Money speaks in this country, but there’s no amount of money that can justify racial discrimination.