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A Racism Lawsuit Against Tesla Is Gaining Momentum in California

  • Appeals court tentatively rules against Tesla on scope of case
  • Company has called allegations a ‘Hotbed of Misinformation’
Tesla Motors Opens Electric Car Factory In Northern California

Photographer: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg 

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Tesla Inc. is facing an uphill battle to stop a Black assembly line staffer from trying to add more than 100 other workers to his 2017 lawsuit calling the electric-car maker’s production floor a “hotbed for racist behavior.”

The company asked a California appeals court Thursday to force ex-employee Marcus Vaughn to resolve all his claims through private arbitration, blocking him from seeking class-action status to represent other workers. Prior to Thursday’s hearing, the three-judge panel issued a tentative ruling rejecting Tesla’s arguments.