NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In recent months, four lawsuits have been filed against Tesla for racial bias and discrimination while working at the Tesla auto manufacturing facility. The employees are suing Tesla for mistreatment on the factory premises, allege inaction by the company, and in some instances, inaction by third-party staffing companies that Tesla contracts with.
In the lawsuits against Tesla, at least four employees allege they were discriminated against on the basis of their race. One such lawsuit against Tesla was filed by DeWitt Lambert, a former electrician, who alleges that co-workers called him the N-word, flashed gang signs at him, and threatened to "cut Mr. Lambert up into pieces and send his body parts to his family members."
In response to Lambert's lawsuit, Tesla claims that he frequently socialized with the men he is accusing the behavior of and that employees claim Lambert used the same language he is accusing co-workers of. However, Tesla also says that after an investigation, it fired several employees, but that "...it's also clear that DeWitt's version of events is not supported by the facts."
Tesla has suspended Lambert with pay while the investigation is underway.
Carney Shegerian, the founder of Los Angeles-based employee rights law firm, has weighed in on the lawsuits.
"The allegations of racial discrimination in the workplace at Tesla's factory are reprehensible," Shegerian says. "There is a need for all of the allegations that have been made to be thoroughly investigated, ensuring Tesla provides a safe workplace for all of its employees."
Lambert is not the only one to come forward with a lawsuit against Tesla. Another lawsuit has been filed by Demetric Diaz, a production associate, and Lamar Patterson and Omar Diaz, who work as elevator operators.
In their lawsuit, the three men claim, that they were called racial epithets by co-workers. While Tesla has claimed that they learned of this lawsuit from media reports, the suit claims complaints were brought to the company and in some instances, to third-party staffing companies who employ them and placed them at work at Tesla.
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