Tesla Sued For "Hostile Work Environment" After "Racist Drawings, Epithets" Appear In Factory

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Poor Elon Musk just can't catch a break.  After admitting that his company hasn't yet figured out how to weld (a fairly critical task for auto OEMs), blowing through Model 3 production deadlines (which probably had something to do with rumors that 'the most advanced auto OEM in the world" was making components by hand), and firing 100's of employees, the embattled company now finds itself locked in yet another employee lawsuit...this time alleging racial discrimination.

The lawsuit, filed by 3 workers in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that Tesla effectively contributed to the creation of a "hostile work environment" in which supervisors routinely used racial slurs and drew racist graffiti around its factory.  Here is more from Mercury News:

Three former Tesla factory workers charge in a new suit the company’s factory is a hostile environment for black workers, adding to earlier accusations of racial harassment.


The men, who are African-American, claim in a new complaint filed Monday in state court that Tesla supervisors and workers used racial epithets and drew racist graffiti on cardboard boxes.


The suit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, claims Owen Diaz and his son, Demetric, were called the N-word while they worked at the Fremont factory, and supervisors did little to stop it. A third man, Lamar Patterson, also claims he was subjected to insensitive racist remarks.


Demetric Diaz complained about the regular use of epithets to the staffing agency and another supervisor, the suit said. The supervisor told him he was just a replaceable temporary worker. Diaz was dismissed less than a week later in October 2015.

One of the defendants recalled having to break up a dispute between his son and a Tesla supervisor who was shouting racial slurs.  After complaining about the event, Owen Diaz says he began to receive "poor work evaluations" and ultimately left in May 2016.

One afternoon, Owen brought lunch to his son’s work station and interrupted a dispute between Demetric Diaz and his son’s supervisor, according to the suit. The supervisor cursed and used a racial slur.


“This is supposed to be a professional work environment,” Owen Diaz said in an interview. He felt crushed. “There was nothing I could do.”


Owen Diaz continued to work as an elevator operator. But over time, the suit claimed, the harassment grew worse. A co-worker regularly used the N-word. Diaz found an offensive “pickaninny” cartoon with the caption “Boo!” drawn on a bale of cardboard.


Owen Diaz also got into a heated argument with the supervisor who drew the cartoon, the suit said. He complained about the incident, and started to receive poor work evaluations. Diaz left Tesla around May 2016.


Patterson worked as an elevator operator between January and August 2016, and also claims in the suit to have been the exposed to epithets and hostility.

Of course, while Tesla acknowledges receiving a complaint from Owen Diaz in October 2015 about a "belligerent co-worker," the company says the complaint made no mention of "racist language or epithets."

A Tesla spokesman denied the suit’s allegations and said the men never raised the complaints to the company during their brief time at the plant.


“Given our size, we recognize that unfortunately at times there will be cases of harassment or discrimination in corners of the company,” the spokesman said. “From what we know so far, this does not seem to be such a case.”


The Tesla spokesman said discrimination complaints typically first are filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. None of the former employees filed a claim with these agencies during their time at the plant.


The company received a complaint from Owen Diaz in October 2015 about a belligerent co-worker. But, the company said, “that email made no mention of the use of any racist language or epithets.”

Meanwhile, as plumes of smoke seem to be emanating from every corner of Tesla's factory, at least one group doesn't seem to be that worried by the barrage of awful news lately: TSLA shareholders.

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FreeShitter's picture

Boos aint happy wit what musk be payin' n shit...

YUNOSELL's picture

"Every Tesla customer can have a Tesla car painted any color as long as it's by a Black" - Elon Musk

NoDebt's picture

So somebody made a drawing of a black guy that looks like it's straight out of a 1930s Walt Disney movie.  So what?

Recommended movie for your next family movie night:  'Song Of The South'  It's a classic.



jcaz's picture

They had to hire only 3 black guys?  In California?   Wow- Elon IS magical.......

Ms. Erable's picture

And I'm sure none of them were involved in any way with perpetrating this awful, horrible crime against humanity to make a quick buck so they can chill wit dey fowties every day for the rest of their lives.

nmewn's picture

Space X...Malcolm X...it all seems pretty sketchy to me ;-)

knukles's picture

An here be Elon treatin' the peoples like they was negro slaves who be enlightened an' shit

bamawatson's picture

ambian & red wine for him

purple for them


Consuelo's picture



T-bird or Annie Green Springs...?

curbjob's picture


"It was a shocking job"

Forfucksakes; It's an electric car manufacturer . . obviously it's going to be a charged atmosphere with some static.

IH8OBAMA's picture

the company says the (2015)complaint made no mention of "racist language or epithets."

You can't make money from a discrimination lawsuit unless you claim racial or sexul discrimination.


NoPension's picture

Demetric ?? Is the " e " long or short?

TalkToLind's picture

There's a good amount of white people who ain't ready to give up their internal combustion engines either.  8 cylinders or more is good.  

serotonindumptruck's picture

Pssstt... Hey Elon!

If you hire only White people, this shit won't happen!

4johnny's picture

Maybe Elon will be the next to be Weinsteined

proper1's picture

Looks like a drawing by Elon's illegitimate six year old son, Leon. 

NoPension's picture

Or maybe his daughter, Noel.

Or, his secret bro....car guy Leno.

Freddie's picture

Moon crickets be wantin an Electra 225.


hotrod's picture

Did someone leave Qtips in the bathroom

F1le's picture

More and more sharky news around Tesla... One shark can bite them so hard so they will be drown like Valeant.

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lester1's picture

This is why I will never hire a black person, or young women. Too many potential bs lawsuits. 

Dr. Engali's picture

Isn’t that a potential law suit?

Sudden Debt's picture

not if you don't say why you won't hire them.


lester1's picture

Good luck proving anything. 

Sudden Debt's picture

that's why nobody hires muslims in Europe.


People used to hire them but if you told them they would need to work a bit harder: rascime...

if you told them they did a bad job: rascisme...

if they didn't got a raise: rascisme...

if somebody says something they don't want to hear: rascisme...

They never talked to anybody, only to other muslims. So if you aren't social you'll be called names.

Always blame yourself and do something about it.

Muslim woman do get hired if they don't wear the scarf. They mostly speak the language well and they are very social unless there's another muslim man in the same room.

They really believe that the rest of us has a lazy job... I guess that's why so many people are having burnouts...

It's already hectic enough without having to take all that rascisme crap into account and the lawsuits.


I used to work for a big American company and when there was a fight in the factory: muslims. Always.

They solved it by firing all the muslims and fights just stopped.


People insult you when you're a moron. If you're bald, they call you bald, if you're fat, they'll call you fat, if you're black they'll call you black.

Why? because they know it hurts you.

And if you're surrounded by idiots who call you names? Just change your workplace and be a good collegue yourself.



ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Good move, they probably don't want to work for you either, so everybody's happy.  Maybe thats why tech companies hire Asians and Indians. Neither blacks nor exceptional snowflakes crying about discrimination or making bigot comments.  Just competant folks getting the job done.  Nirvana for all.

Rex Andrus's picture

Divide and rule. Moronic, and it works.

TalkToLind's picture

Yes, and apparently better than anyone thought.

crghill's picture

When are we going to admit that we cannot live together?  

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Abraham Lincoln said as much in the Presidential debate...

I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.  




LetThemEatRand's picture

This should be good.  Who does the ZH peanut gallery hate worse -- Elon, or the minority employees suing him because some co-workers drew cartoons.  My guess is both.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Maybe the minority workers drew the cartoons.


sleigher's picture

Nah...   I worked construction in California.  Most of them lived outside the Bay Area as I suspect most of these factory workers do.


They were mostly racists.    

kochevnik's picture

East Bay full of gangs.  They terrorized the Japanese managers in Toyota Fremont plant.  They would make human chain block in center of factory floor.  Always crying racism to any question

frontierland's picture

Wouldn't be out of the question.  They do take ques from Jews, who are the #1 in Hate Crime Hoaxes.

kochevnik's picture

Oakland is center of race hate. Origin of Black Panthers. Oakland Raiders symbol for gang hate and violence in California

Dr. Engali's picture

And we know the co-workers drew the cartoons how?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'd say I saw it on Facebook, but Zuckerberg is probably also conflicted on this one.

serotonindumptruck's picture

"It's difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair

BigJim's picture

Because a black person would never draw something like that just to get at someone he didn't like. Only a white person could draw such a thing, and to say otherwise is racist.

Next you'll be saying the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a false flag. Sheesh.

shankster's picture

Have a whites only hire policy.

E.F. Mutton's picture

They should immediately go and work for one of the multitude of Rich Blacks who have used their fortunes to start businesses to help their communities prosper and their "Brothers" get ahead.


ted41776's picture

getting paid to assemble highly explosive taxpayer funded giant chinese battery boxes on wheels is not work