Tesla must face class action claims by 6,000 workers in race bias case

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A California state judge has tentatively ruled that nearly 6,000 black factory workers can sue Tesla as a group for the electric vehicle maker’s alleged failure to address rampant race discrimination and harassment at its Fremont plant.

California Superior Court Judge Noel Wise in Oakland said in a written order issued on Feb 28 that the 2017 lawsuit presents questions common to the class of whether Tesla was aware of the alleged misconduct and refused to take steps to prevent it.

Tesla has maintained that it does not tolerate workplace harassment and that it has fired employees who engaged in misconduct. The plaintiffs allege that black factory workers were subjected to a range of racist conduct including slurs, graffiti and nooses hung at their work stations.

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