A Black former meeting line staffer at Tesla Inc. is transferring so as to add tons of of different employees to his 2017 lawsuit by which he known as the electric-car maker’s manufacturing ground a “hotbed for racist conduct.”

Marcus Vaughn says class-action standing is acceptable to handle Tesla’s failure to cease a “sample and observe of race discrimination” and a hostile work setting on the manufacturing unit in Fremont, California.

His request in a court docket submitting Monday is backed by sworn statements from nearly 240 different Black former workers and contractors who declare they too have been offended by racist graffiti sprawled in widespread areas and using slurs within the office, together with the “n-word,” “boy” and “monkey.” Legal professionals for Vaughn mentioned as many as 6,000 Black employees can be eligible to hitch the the case, although not all could search financial damages.

Tesla did not instantly reply to a request for remark. Corporations sometimes attempt to block lawsuits from successful class-action standing, which permits plaintiffs to pool assets and exert better leverage in settlement negotiations.

If a state court docket choose in Oakland agrees to let Vaughn broaden the case, it might increase the stakes for Elon Musk’s firm. A jury in San Francisco awarded a person employee $3.2 million in damages in April over comparable discrimination claims. Owen Diaz gained a $137 million jury verdict in 2021 within the authentic trial in his case, however requested for a redo after the choose slashed the damages award.