News Tesla emails show automaker offered cash to quiet discrimination suit
Tesla hit hard by new Chinese tariffs
American-made cars will see import duties double in China.Previously, US-built vehicles brought into China were hit with a 25 percent import duty, but under the new regulations an additional 25 percent would be piled on. With a 50 percent tariff in place, the price tag for American-made vehicles would likely be pushed out of reach for a large part of the Chinese car-buying public.
doesn't exactly have the best reputation when it comes to employee relations. Reports from the automaker's factory in Fremont, California, talk about in assembling cars, and that forced overtime . Today, that company emails show Tesla wanted to pay off an employee who was allegedly the victim of racial discrimination so that the details were kept out of the media.
The emails were given to The Guardian by DeWitt Lambert's lawyer. Lambert was one of three employees that. According to the lawsuit, the three employees were taunted with racial slurs and racist drawings by other employees. At the time, Tesla told The News that it received no notice that the employees were the victims of racism.
Dual-motor Tesla Model 3 possibly coming in July
Can the perpetually optimistic Musk kick out the jams in Model 3 production enough to double down on drivetrains?The announcement came, unsurprisingly, in the form of a tweet, and said production ramp-up for Model 3 would need to hit 5,000 cars per week before additional complexity could be added. Considering the trouble Tesla has had in meeting even 2,500 cars per week, this announcement comes off as a case of the cart going directly before the horse.
The emails date to March of 2017 and were part of Tesla's settlement deal with Lambert. "In terms of settlement, we are willing to pay Mr. Lambert [redacted], but only if we are to resolve this matter before there is media attention, preferably within the next few hours," the Tesla general counsel Todd Maron wrote.
In a statement to The Guardian, Tesla did not deny the email's contents, but clarified that it was responding to Lambert's attorney's demand for more money. Tesla would take back its offer if details of Lambert's complaints were given to the media.
We have reached out to Tesla for comment and will update this post if we receive a response.
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