Texas workers may have had their own experiences with racism or discrimination in the workplace. According to the New York Times, Tesla has had several complaints from black workers about how they were treated while at the company. Among the complaints includes racial slurs being used, offensive drawings on bales of cardboard and not being given opportunities to advance within the company. While the company denies the allegations, a lawsuit was filed in 2017 by three former Tesla employees.
The suit claims that both colleagues and superiors within the organization used slurs and created racist drawings. In a statement, Tesla said that there was no followup with management about these allegations. However, one of the plaintiffs in the case said that this was not true and that no disciplinary action took place. While Tesla says that it wants to create a workplace that respects all workers, a statement from Elon Musk puts that into doubt to some observers.
He once said that if someone apologizes for being a jerk, it is important for the offended party to have a thick skin about it. That implies that it is not on the company or the leaders within it to change the culture to align with the company's values. That may be a bigger problem for the company than the allegations made by current and former employees.
Those who believe that they have been discriminated against at work may wish to file a lawsuit or take other action. Generally speaking, companies cannot engage in retaliation against those who choose to take protected actions. An attorney may help workers gather evidence that shows that discrimination or retaliation occurred. This may include statements from witnesses to an illegal action or from members of a company's management team directly.