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Back in October, a federal jury in San Francisco awarded $137 million to a former Tesla employee who said he’d faced racial harassment from a supervisor and other colleagues, at his former job at the company’s Fremont factory in 2015 and 2016. He alleged that his fellow employees had drawn swastikas, scratched racial epithets in the bathroom walls, and left drawings of derogatory caricatures of black children around the factory.


The NEW YORK TIMES, reported that Tesla was sued by another employee the very next month. She sued for sexual harassment (physical & verbal). In December, six more women sued Tesla. Their claims were similar to the woman’s claims from November.

(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

On Thursday it was made public that Tesla was being sued once again. This time, by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The claim accuses Tesla of allowing racial discrimination and harassment to take place and grow, at the company’s San Francisco Bay Area factory. In the lawsuit, the agency also said black employees were assigned more “physically arduous” work, and denied transfers and promotions more often than other workers.

After receiving hundreds of complaints from workers, D.F.E.H found evidence that Tesla’s Fremont factory is a racially segregated workplace where black workers are subjected to racial slurs and discriminated against in job assignments, discipline, pay and promotion creating a hostile work environment. The facts of this case speaks for themselves.”

D.F.E.H’s Department Director, Kevin Kish, said in a statement on Thursday. On Wednesday, in a statement posted online, Tesla said it “strongly opposes” all forms of discrimination and harassment. Tesla said the D.F.E.H had investigated dozens of previous claims made against them in recent years and found no misconduct.

“It therefore strains credibility for the agency to now allege, after a three-year investigation, that systematic racial discrimination and harassment somehow existed at Tesla. A narrative spun by the D.F.E.H and a handful of plaintiff firms to generate publicity is not actual proof. “

Tesla said in the statement posted to their website on Wednesday, according to the NY Post article.

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