Tesla has been hit with a lawsuit by 15 current and former Black employees accusing the automaker of racial discrimination and harassment.
The lawsuit filed in a California court on June 30 said Tesla's factories have been: "systematically turned into a racially hostile work environment."
The lawsuit comes as Tesla is in the process of being sued by California's civil rights regulator, which filed a lawsuit against Tesla in February saying a three-year-long investigation had found evidence Tesla's Fremont factory was a "racially segregated workplace."
The fifteen plaintiffs in the new lawsuit variously accuse Tesla of overlooking Black employees for promotions, allowing the use of racial slurs including the N-word to go unpunished, and failing to remove racist graffiti in the bathrooms including swastikas and the letters "KKK."
One plaintiff said in the lawsuit he was tackled by another employee while on the job, and that after he reported the incident to his lead, his lead told him: "Suck it up and be a man, this happens here all the time."