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Tesla now faced with cases of workplace discrimination

The Tesla plant in Fremont has had its share of problems recently. There have been incidents of concern over worker safety, and now comes news of incidents of workplace discrimination. The reported incidents involved racial slurs and other race-related incidents at the California plant.

One worker reporting the alleged incidents cited instances of seeing swastikas in bathrooms, having racist taunts directed toward him and even receiving a drawing that illustrated racial stereotypes. He tried to let it go, but his son, also employed by Tesla, was subjected to similar treatment. Another employee claimed she was forced to scrub floors on her hands and knees, which was something she never saw a white employee asked to do.

An investigation into possible discrimination reveals that over two dozen current and former employees have described a wide range of issues involving some of the African-American workers at the Fremont plant. Incidents that were cited included threats, being given demeaning assignments and barriers to advancement. There are three current lawsuits by former employees citing racial discrimination. Tesla says there is no evidence to support the claims.

As the year 2019 approaches, it is hard to believe that racial discrimination is still an issue faced by so many in California and around the country. A person who has the necessary skills to perform a job and is hired to do that job should be able to do so without fear. Anyone who faces such a difficult situation due to workplace discrimination should not have to endure it. An experienced labor law attorney can review the circumstances of a case and advise one on what legal options are available.

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