Tesla the future thinking automaker has some backward outdated thinking according to a class action lawsuit that claims its production plant is a “hotbed for racist behaviour”, the third lawsuit filed this year by Tesla employees.

Black workers at the Californian based production plant have been subjected to racial slurs and when the workers raised the issue with the company… it ignored them.

Tesla has not yet responded.

One employee says he was routinely called the “n-word” by supervisors and coworkers after he began working at the factory in April.

He says he complained in writing to human resources officials, but the company never investigated his claims.

The same employee was then fired in October for “not having a positive attitude.” He is seeking unspecified damages under a California anti-discrimination law.

In February this year an assembly worker at the same plant wrote a blog on medium that heavily criticised Tesla’s working conditions describing it as working “for a company of the future under working conditions of the past.”

Apart from the list of poor health and safety standards, the plant also paid workers less than the average auto worker and much lower than a liveable wage forcing workers into overtime and therefore increasing the risk of accidents.

CEO Elon Musk responded to the claims by accusing the employee as being influenced by unionists (who have been trying to unionize the company) in an email to his employees and promising employees a party and free frozen yogurt stands.