Who Would Have Thought That the Space Karen’s Company Would Be a Racist Cesspool?
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has sued Tesla alleging profound and pervasive racism at their factory.
This is not a surprise. There have already been dozens of lawsuits about it, and Elon “Space Karen” Musk’s response to racism in the workplace was to tell them to be, “Thick skinned.”
Not what you would expect from ……… checks notes ……… An Afrikaner from South Africa whose family fortune comes from running Apartheid era emerald mines:
A California regulatory agency has sued Tesla Inc. for alleged racial discrimination and harassment, saying the electric-vehicle maker turned a blind eye to years of complaints from Black factory workers.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s complaint filed Wednesday targets alleged workplace issues at Tesla’s principal U.S. car plant, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“After receiving hundreds of complaints from workers, DFEH found evidence that Tesla’s Fremont factory is a racially segregated workplace where Black workers are subjected to racial slurs and discriminated against in job assignments, discipline, pay, and promotion creating a hostile work environment,” Kevin Kish, the agency’s director, said in a written statement.
Tesla’s response is essentially to state that they are a big employer, and they should be cut some slack because they would always move to Texas, or some other sh%$ hole state:
Tesla, in the blog post, also cited its status as a manufacturing employer in the state. “Tesla is also the last remaining automobile manufacturer in California. The Fremont factory has a majority-minority workforce and provides the best paying jobs in the automotive industry to over 30,000 Californians,” the company said, adding that legal action was “unfair and counterproductive.” Tesla moved its headquarters to Texas from California last year, though it still makes a large portion of its cars in California.
And it isn’t just a California anti-racism agency suing them:
A federal jury in San Francisco last year found that Tesla had subjected a Black former contract worker to a racially hostile work environment, awarding him roughly $137 million in damages. Tesla has said it doesn’t believe the verdict is justified and has asked for a new trial or for the damages to be reduced.
Another Black former Tesla worker, Melvin Berry, won a $1 million judgment last year after an arbitrator found that his supervisors at the Fremont factory called him a racial slur. Tesla was obligated to investigate and stop the racial discrimination and failed to do so, the arbitrator said in her order. Tesla said that any actions the company took weren’t racially based, according to the order.
Do you have any idea how egregious the behavior at a company has to be for an arbitrator to make a seven figure ruling against them? Arbitration is designed to be unfair against the little guy.
A fish rots from the head, and I think that it’s pretty clear that when he is not paying people to mutilate monkeys, he has made it clear that racism and bigotry are OK.