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San Francisco, June 21 (IANS) Amid CEO Elon Musk’s “woke mind virus” concerns, electric vehicle company Tesla has laid off both the president of its LGBTQ+ community and a lead involved in diversity and inclusivity programs at the company.
While they were let go as part of a broader wave of layoffs, it comes amid several comments CEO Musk made, concerning what he describes as the “woke mind virus,” reports the auto-tech website Electrek.
As per the report, many employees involved in diversity and inclusivity programs were part of the layoffs.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Bobby Berretta-Paris, a five-year Tesla veteran, was let go last week.
He was hired as a recruiter and promoted three times during his tenure. He was also the volunteer president of LGBTQ+ at Tesla.
Sources also told the website about a software engineer that was also let go by Tesla last week.
Berretta-Paris and the software engineer involved in the diversity and inclusion program didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The layoffs of those diversity leaders at Tesla come amid Musk making several comments about what he calls “the mind virus,” which he believes is “destroying civilization”