Tesla faces new lawsuit over claims of racism and harassment at its Fremont factory

Tesla is facing another lawsuit from a group of former and current workers at its Fremont factory who claim they knew about racial slurs, harassment and more but didn’t stop it. The Chronicle of San Francisco reported. Employees were “exposed to offensive racist comments and offensive racist behavior and discipline on a daily basis from colleagues, officers, supervisors, managers and/or human resources staff,” the complaint said.

One plaintiff named in the lawsuit, Jasmine Wilson, worked as a quality inspector from August 2021 to March 2022. She claims to have been the victim of racist epithets and sexual harassment from supervisors. Also, they assumed she was a production staffer because she was African American and berated her for not doing that job and according to the suit, she was wearing the wrong uniform. When she informed HR, she was skeptical of her claims and never opened a promised investigation.

Other employees also alleged racial slurs and graffiti on the walls of Tesla toilets and said they faced retaliation after their complaint. Some said they held more demanding positions than non-minority workers and had been passed over for promotions.

Late last year, Tesla was sued by six women who accused it of “rampant” sexual harassment at the Fremont factory, including whistles, inappropriate touching, sexual comments and more. In December, a jury awarded former elevator operator Owen Diaz $137 million on racial abuse charges. The price was later reduced to $15 million, but that was denied by Diaz and a federal judge ordered a new damages trial. Tesla has yet to comment on the recent lawsuit and abolished its public relations department in 2020.

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