Tesla’s long-game reshaping its public perception has just taken a hit, with new allegations that racial discrimination runs rampant at its Fremont, Calif. factory.

According to a new legal complaint filed in California’s Alameda County Superior Court by an African-American employee, Tesla’s factory floor is a racist, harassment-laden environment. The employee, Marcus Vaughn, who joined the company in a five-month stint, alleged hearing colleagues mouth the “N” word with repeated complaints made to HR before being terminated. As a result, the motion was filed for Vaughn, with a rumored 100 other plaintiffs pledging to follow suit.

“Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination,” read the complaint.

In a public relations effort, Tesla published a blog post titled “Hotbed of Misinformation” on its website, reiterating its stance against discrimination and mentioning anti-discrimination courses as a requirement for all Tesla employees. Also, the post clarifies what Tesla considers “erroneous” news reports.

According to the Tesla team, there is only one plaintiff (not 100) and that a six-month temp contract was to blame for Vaughn’s end of employment, not termination. Other facts refute his employment standing and contents of an email sent to CEO Elon Musk that differs from what is being reported.

Many critics have also bashed Musk for his handling of racism at the company. In response to a discrimination incident, Musk sent a May 31 email to factory employees, pleading for employees to “be thick-skinned and accept that apology” if “someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes.” This note was deemed by others as insensitive, raising concerns Tesla was not doing enough to stop racism, leaving it the responsibility of the employee.

Bloomberg