FREMONT (KPIX 5) – A worker at the Tesla factory in Fremont is suing the electric car maker after he said he was a victim of racial discrimination and harassment from his co-workers.

DeWitt Lambert, a 44-year-old African-American, says he was “subjected to racial slurs and lewd behavior” from co-workers for more than a year including being called the n-word.

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Lambert said it all happened on the assembly line and that he has evidence: a video from 2015 showing employees flashing gang signs, rapping about cutting Lambert up in pieces and sending body parts to his family.

He complained to Tesla H.R., but says his concerns weren’t properly addressed.

In a statement emailed to KPIX 5, the company said Lambert’s claim had been investigated.

“HR personnel investigated, interviewing all of the employees who were reportedly involved,” the statement said. “That investigation turned up conflicting accounts of what happened … In the end, there was no objective evidence that anything inappropriate occurred toward Dewitt.”

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In the meantime, according to the suit, many of the workers accused of harassing him were promoted while he was not.

In the statement, Tesla has countered the claim.

“This is false,” the statement redad. “Dewitt was promoted 12 months ago, and the reason he wasn’t given a second promotion within 12 months is that, among other things, he had been given a final written warning for posting pictures of confidential Tesla technology on Facebook in clear violation of company policy.”

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Lambert is suspended with full pay while Tesla investigates, but the automaker has refuted the contents of that lawsuit.

In a statement to TechCrunch, the company said, “the lawsuit has been timed to coincide with a carefully planned media blitz in an attempt to create a disingenuous narrative that is at odds with the facts.”

Tesla’s statement went on to say Lambert had socialized outside of work with the accused employees and that he used “the same racially insensitive language that he had complained about.”

They feel the incident had been taken out of context.

Comments (20)
  1. This guy is a leftover from the Obama administration. Racist lawsuits are over. You should have taken advantage of them when your Bro was pres…

  2. He’s lying. Some low-life lawyer has talked to him. It’s always about the money.

  3. Sounds like gamer-gate for minorities. There was an HR investigation, and those people are the worst enforcers of socially correct thought, and they found conflicting evidence and that Lambert was making kissy faces with his work “enemies.” Next claim: girls can’t get ahead in Silicon Valley.

  4. We cannot end discrimination or prejudice if you are engaging in “crying wolf” or engaging in the same foul language.

  5. Oh well… they’re in a suburb of San Francisco… you reap what you sow

  6. The notion that allegedly hostile workplaces present one with a legal cause of action is an outdated, ideologically loaded, obnoxious and infantilizing concept.

    Indeed, whatever happened to “take this job and shove it?” A dumb country boy has more sense than all of these college-educated, liberated snowflakes? What, these people are too stupid to walk out the door?

  7. Not that I’m particularly sympathetic to Musk. This is an example of the left’s own chickens coming home to roost.

  8. FACT is…African Americans, particularly, black males, do so love to file these lawsuit. 1) Get rich quick scheme; 2) job guarantee – can’t fire him after he files the suit, he’ll claim it was “racially motivated” and retaliation for the baseless lawsuit. I know many a white male business owner who would never hire a black male simply for fear of one of these phony lawsuits.


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  10. AT says:

    “a video from 2015 showing employees flashing gang signs, rapping about cutting Lambert up in pieces and sending body parts to his family.”

    The story is missing a key fact: these were Mexicans!

  11. I am wondering if they were caucasians………normally we do not tend to throw gang signs.

  12. rytwinger says:

    Aw, poor guy getting called the “N” word? Please, evolve, blacks!