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Tesla Is Like a ‘Plantation,’ Says Lawyer Who Won Racism Cases for Workers

Larry Organ and his law firm have heard from hundreds of Black people who say they’ve experienced racial discrimination at Tesla’s California plant.

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Larry Organ

Photographer: Jim McAuley/Bloomberg

Before late 2016, Larry Organ considered electric car maker Tesla Inc. generally to be a force for good. 

“At that time, my next door neighbor had a Tesla,” the 60-year-old civil rights attorney said from his office above a pizza parlor just north of San Francisco on a rainy December day. “I thought Tesla was an amazing company — they are trying to change the world and save the planet from global warming.”