A Tesla factory worker said he was called the N-word ‘100 times’ by coworkers, according to a sworn testimony

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Workers in orange vests are seen outside Tesla’s primary vehicle factory after CEO Elon Musk defied local restrictions by reopening the plant in Fremont, California, May 12, 2020.

  • Protocol obtained sworn testimony from Tesla workers who said they were routinely called the N-word.
  • The testimonies were part of a 2017 lawsuit filed by former Black workers at Tesla’s Fremont plant.
  • Former workers at multiple US plants sued Tesla, alleging racial harassment.
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Former Tesla workers routinely used racial slurs against Black employees, according to sworn testimonies obtained by Protocol.

Aaron Craven, a Black worker at Tesla’s Fremont factory, said in a sworn statement he had been called the N-word “approximately 100 times,” and saw KKK signs and swastika graffitied in bathroom stalls. Workers submitted 103 declarations in March 2021 as part 2017 lawsuit suing Tesla for racial harassment.

“I was directly called n—– and n—- approximately 100 times at the Fremont factory,” Craven said a sworn statement reviewed by Protocol. “I heard the terms n—– and n—- used over 100 times by coworkers, and by my lead Auggie, in the Tesla factory.”

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Additionally, ex-contractor Aaron Minor stated he heard Tesla employees refer to the Fremont factory as a plantation and Black people as “cotton workers,” Protocol reported.

Two separate lawsuits filed against Tesla in 2017 alleged racial harassment and discrimination at the Fremont plant. Former Tesla worker DeWitt Lambert said coworkers regularly called him the N-word and made sexually explicit comments.

In 2019, Black and Latino workers at a Tesla factory in Buffalo, New York, filed discrimination complaints with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York Division of Human Rights. The six former workers said they heard racial slurs and racist comments at the factory.

Tesla admitted the firm has “work to do” to be representative of the evolving US population after an internal diversity report showed Black people hold just 4% of leadership roles at the transportation company.

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The US military apologized after soldiers accidentally stormed an olive oil factory in Bulgaria

Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachute May 11, 2021, from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during Swift Response 21 at Cheshnegirovo Air Base, Bulgaria
Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade jump from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during Swift Response 21 at Cheshnegirovo Air Base, Bulgaria, May 11, 2021.

  • US Army soldiers accidentally stormed a private business during training in Bulgaria.
  • The service issued a statement saying that it “sincerely” apologizes for the mistake.
  • The incident triggered sharp criticism from the Bulgarian president.
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The US Army issued an apology this week after soldiers accidentally stormed a factory in Bulgaria during a training exercise last month.

During Exercise Swift Response 21, soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade practiced seizing and securing the Cheshnegirovo airfield. Soldiers stormed and cleared bunkers and buildings across the decommissioned airfield.

“On May 11, soldiers entered and cleared a building next to the airfield that they believed was part of the training area, but that was occupied by Bulgarian civilians operating a private business,” US Army Europe and Africa said in a statement Tuesday.

The private business, according to CNN, was a factory that makes processing machinery for the production of olive oil.

The Army said in its statement that no weapons were fired during the incident, which was caught on the factory’s security cameras. As Task & Purpose noted in its report, a Bulgarian reporter posted the following video on Twitter.

“The US Army takes training seriously and prioritizes the safety of our soldiers, our allies, and civilians,” the service said. “We sincerely apologize to the business and its employees.”

The Army is investigating the incident so that it can determine the source of the mistake to make sure that training areas are clearly defined for future exercises. An Army spokesperson told Task & Purpose that no soldiers have been disciplined.

Though there do not appear to have been any injuries from the unintentional incident, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev expressed great displeasure with these developments, according to Nova TV, a local CNN affiliate.

In discussions with his defense minister and the commander of Joint Forces Command, he said that “it is inadmissible to have the lives of Bulgarian citizens disturbed and put at risk by military formations, whether Bulgarian or belonging to a foreign army.”

“The exercises with our allies on the territory of Bulgaria should contribute to building security and trust in collective defence, not breed tension.”

Exercise Swift Response 21 was a multinational exercise involving more than 7,000 paratroopers from 10 countries, according to the US military. The goal of the exercise was to practice rapidly inserting ground forces for crisis response.

The drill, which lasted from May 10 to May 14, was a part of the larger Defender Europe 21 exercise, which involves over 28,000 troops from 26 countries.

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Elon Musk says Tesla is considering building a factory in Russia

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

  • Elon Musk told a conference in Moscow that Tesla was looking at building a factory in Russia.
  • Musk said there should be “more dialogue” between Russia and the US, per Bloomberg.
  • Musk said he was invited to speak at the conference by a Kremlin spokesman, Bloomberg reported.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a conference in Moscow that the company was considering building a production hub in Russia, Reuters and Bloomberg reported Friday.

Musk, appearing via video link on Friday morning, said Russia was among the countries where the carmaker could “potentially” build a factory, Bloomberg reported.

Musk said there should be “more dialogue” between the US and Russia, and that Russia possesses “a lot of talent and energy,” per Bloomberg.

Musk said he had been invited to appear at the conference by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and added that he was a “huge admirer” of Russia’s achievements, Bloomberg reported.

Rumors began to circulate this week that the Tesla CEO was looking for a country in which to build a new factory after he visited the UK.

Outside of the US, Tesla has two factories: one in Shanghai, China, and one near Berlin, Germany. Production at its German factory has not yet begun. It had planned to start in July, but Tesla has now given its German team six more months to start production.

Earlier this year ,Musk had a bizarre interaction with the Kremlin, after tweeting at its official Twitter account in February to ask if President Vladimir Putin would join him for a public discussion on Clubhouse, the audio-based social media app. A Kremlin spokesperson later said Musk had not answered follow-up questions about the suggestion.

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