February 7, 2024

Tesla Removes Reference To ‘Majority-Minority Workforce’ Following Musk’s Anti-DEI Remarks

Elon Musk

After Elon Musk’s comments criticizing diversity initiatives, Tesla has removed language about having a majority-minority workforce.

Tesla has omitted a line from its latest Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

In its 10-K filing last month, a comprehensive report on Tesla’s activities throughout 2023, the company removed a line it used a year ago.

The original line read, “With a majority-minority workforce, empowering our employee resource groups to take charge in driving initiatives that attract, develop, and retain our passionate workforce is vital to our continued success.”

What Has Musk Said?

Over the past few months, Musk has had a series of tweets and rants about DEI, labeling initiatives as discriminatory and calling for them to die.

“DEI is just another word for racism. Shame on anyone who uses it,” Musk said in a tweet.

His latest attack was against the air travel industry as he claimed that DEI efforts at Boeing and United Airlines’ diversity efforts with HBCUs make flying less safe.

He tweeted, “Do you want to fly in an airplane where they prioritized DEI hiring over your safety?”

His comments then invited racist commentary from users on the platform, including debunked claims about the intelligence of Black people.

The latest filing still notes that Tesla’s human resources policies are designed to “promote fairness and respect for everyone. ” The company says it won’t tolerate discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

Tesla And DEI

Tesla has previously been the subject of racial discrimination lawsuits, including Marcus Vaughn, who formerly worked at its Fremont factory in California.

He claimed that Tesla allowed a pattern and practice of race discrimination.

He then got 240 other Black former employees and contractors who also recounted similar instances of racism in the workplace.

Last year, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also filed a lawsuit against the electric car maker company for tolerating widespread and racial harassment of Black employees.

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.