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Tesla is presently facing another sexual harassment lawsuit, the second filed against them in less than a month. Erica Cloud, a worker in the Fremont Tesla factory, filed the suit on Wednesday after dealing with near daily inappropriate company culture and retaliation from the company’s HR department and other supervisors. According to the suit, she would regularly reject verbal harassment and physical interactions from higher ups.
According to Business Insider, Cloud works has an assembly line worker at the factory, and she filed the lawsuit in California’s Alameda County Superior Court. The suit is accusing Tesla and a number of other defendants, including Cloud’s former manager, of allowing her to be regularly subjected to unwanted advances and sexual harassment.
The case makes an even bigger claim, explaining that the company has subjected cloud to “a hostile work environment stemming from animus towards her gender, sexual harassment,” according to Driving.
Further, the suit describes Tesla’s culture as “pervasive” and including “a daily barrage of sexist language and behavior, including frequent groping on the factory floor” which “is known to supervisors and managers and often perpetrated by them.”
Apparently, the manager would “get on his knees and propose marriage,” call her “blackanese,” and say that he’s “big down there” in reference to his penis. He is also noted as regularly hugging and massaging her, despite her regular rejections of these advances. Cloud has described this manager’s actions as aggressive, the suit saying that she would “fear for her safety” in these sorts of situations.
The lawsuit claims that Tesla broke the law, specifically the Fair Employment and Housing Act, as it both retaliated against Cloud after she made the reports of sexual harassment and did not prevent the sexual harassment that the worker allegedly experienced. How is the suit claiming this?
It’s alleged that HR took three months to address Cloud’s complaints about the manager. Additionally, she would also continue to deal with a hostile work environment because of her report. She noted being sent home or asked to not work for “arbitrary reasons,” as well as losing wages, bonuses, and other benefits because of her working less at the company’s request.
Mashable says that the company is taking after the CEO, as Elon Musk has made a number of sexist remarks on Twitter. Some of these are as recent as October of this year, and they’ve gone out to his dozens of millions of followers. Some, though not all, of these tweets have been deleted.
Cloud is presently seeking compensation and damages, declaratory and injunctive relief, and fees spent on attorney’s. Tesla and its CEO have yet to comment.
This suit is coming only a short time after Jessica Barraza’s case against Tesla. At the time, 3 other Tesla affiliated workers (former and current) had also claimed to have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment on the company’s Fremont site.
Carscoops cites a statement from Barazza’s case: “Nearly every day for three years, my female coworkers and I were objectified, threatened, touched, and propositioned on the factory floor…I wanted to come to work, do my job, and support my family without having to endure constant sexual harassment. I felt degraded, humiliated, and traumatized.”
Barazza claims to be unaware of any actions that Tesla’s HR has taken in response to her complaints.
Previous to this, Tesla paid almost $137 million because of a court order, after another employee was found subject to racial harassment. However, Tesla is challenging this result.