Another Black Employee Sues Tesla – Says White Workers Tormented Him

Another Black worker is reportedly suing tech giant Tesla, claiming white workers tormented him with ringtones set to sound like incoming-rocket warnings, as well as race-based abuses.

According to Mercury News – Marcellous Cage alleged in his lawsuit against Tesla that the company fired him because he reported life-threatening safety violations in the plant.

“Mr. Cage was fired for two reasons: his commitment to safety and his race,” the lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court claimed, the paper reported.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cage’s lawsuit and other suits claiming Tesla allowed widespread racism in its facilities.

What happened

According to the suit, Cage was hired in November 2018 as a project-quality manager working in two Tesla factories. About a month into the position, he noticed a white Tesla contractor he was working with had a ringtone that was similar to the rocket-warning alert Cage experienced while he was working in Afghanistan.

Cage also alleged that Tesla management failed to correct numerous serious safety violations because “Tesla’s commitments to unrealistic production goals and frantic efforts to ramp up its production, often to make good on rash promises, overrode any commitment to employee safety.”

He explained to the contractor, in front of several coworkers, why the ringtone bothered him. Caged added that he was twice injured in the country due to explosions.

The contractor refused Cage’s request to change the ringtone and instead kept it to torment Cage. Soon after, a white superintendent and other white workers set their phones to the same tone to harass Cage.

Cage is seeking unspecified damages, reported Black Enterprise.

We have requested a comment from Tesla.

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Abbianca Makoni

Abbianca Makoni is a content executive and writer at POCIT! She has years of experience reporting on critical issues affecting diverse communities around the globe.