"In light of CEO Musk's message to employees that racist epithets can be directed 'unintentionally' and that it is 'important to be thick-skinned, ' it is not surprising that the Tesla Factory has become a hotbed for racist behavior", the suit said.
"Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination", the employee said in the complaint, filed Monday in California's Alameda County Superior Court.
The lawsuit alleges no one from the company followed up with Vaughn about his complaint, nor did they investigate his claims.
"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of a historically less represented group", he allegedly wrote. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise".
Musk, in the earnings report Nov. 1 that also revealed a $619 million quarterly loss, had said the company would miss its target to be producing 5,000 Model 3s a week by year-end, and that it would probably hit that mark in March.
Tesla didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
Vaughn's lawsuit became the third filed this year, accusing the company of racism. According to Vaugh, this came after he filed a complaint to human resources and Musk about Tesla employees repeatedly using racial epithets around him and his black co-workers in the plant.
Based on the negative impression those who own and drive Tesla cars have after spending time with the Tesla Model 3, it is no longer any mystery why the motor press have not been given cars to test and evaluate. Tesla hasn't commented on this claim but has denied past allegations.
Earlier, a female engineer working for the manufacturer of the first electric sports car said she was a victim of "pervasive harassment". The stock is also testing support in the $300-$310 area, which has provided a round-number foothold and is home to a 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the equity's rally from late 2016 to its September 2017 peak. "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".
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