A former Tesla construction manager has filed a lawsuit against the electric car company alleging he was fired for reporting widespread safety violations and race discrimination at Tesla’s factories.
In the lawsuit filed with Alameda County Superior Court on Friday, Marc Cage, an African American, claimed to have reported safety violations that risked massive explosions at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada and systematic failures by the company to disclose serious on-the-job injuries.
“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,” the complaint says.
He also alleged that Tesla employees, with the full knowledge of the company’s management, denigrated and harassed him on the basis of his race.
“Virtually every restroom in Tesla’s Fremont facility contained writings or…