"In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept the apology".
Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. They also claim the company's facility in Fremont, Calif., is a "hotbed for racist behavior". A trio of former employees made similar claims in a lawsuit filed against the company in October.
Mr. Vaughn says he was sacked in October for "not having a positive attitude".
Only months after workers at Tesla's Fremont, Calif. auto plant complained about grueling work conditions, the electric vehicle manufacturer is once again at the center of a labor controversy.
In February, an ex-employee named AJ Vandermeyden filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company, stating she had been the victim of repeated instances of sexual harassment and that she was paid less than her male counterparts.
Vaughn began working at the Fremont factory in April, and his lawsuit alleges that supervisors and coworkers began routinely calling him the "n-word" shortly after that. Vaughn alleged that employees and supervisors regularly used the "N word" around him and other black colleagues.
Vaughn's legal action, filed in California state court in Oakland on November 13, is at least the third lawsuit filed this year by black workers alleging racial slurs were used against them and that the company ignored their complaints, Reuters reported.
He says he complained in writing to human resources officials, but the company never investigated his claims.
The lawsuit is the 3rd filed this year against Tesla alleging racial discrimination at its Fremont, California, factory.
Vaughn's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages under California's anti-discrimination law.
The suit references an e-mail that CEO Elon Musk allegedly sent to Fremont factory workers addressing complaints of a toxic culture.
"Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group", Musk wrote in an email. "Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologise". Moran stated that other employees were also considering unionizing and had reached out to UAW for help.
The complaint also quotes a May e-mail from CEO Elon Musk that seemed dismissive of problems at the factory. Tesla has categorically denied these allegations.