Six more former and present female workers have come forward to accuse Tesla of cultivating a culture of persistent sexual harassment at its Fremont facility in California, after Jessica Barraza’s complaint last month. The ladies claimed they were subjected to verbal abuse, unsolicited advances, physical contact, and discrimination at work in consecutive complaints filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday.
One of the employees (Jessica Brooks) who sued Tesla claims she was sexually harassed on her first day of work at the company. She states that the mistreatment was so persistent that she had to pile boxes around her workstation to keep her colleagues from howling at her. Brooks also alleges she reported to Tesla’s HR department about the issue. Instead of dealing with the matter properly, the firm apparently moved Brooks to a different part of the production.
Jessica Barraza filed a lawsuit against Tesla last month, alleging “disturbing” workplace conditions at the company’s Fremont factory. Barraza’s complaint depicted a factory line that resembled “a dirty, outdated construction site or frat house” rather than the headquarters of one of the country’s most advanced EV manufacturers. The majority of the seven women who have sued Tesla have attributed their abuse to CEO Elon Musk’s actions. One of the accusations stated, “He would make 69 or 420 jokes… which caused the technicians to be even worse.”
The action was filed on the same day that five former SpaceX workers accused Musk’s other firm of failing to prevent sexual harassment. Tesla has been contacted for comment. There is no public relations department at the automaker. When a federal judge finally ordered Tesla to pay $137 million to a Black employee who claimed they were subjected to everyday racist harassment at the company’s Fremont facility, the corporation stated, “We continue to develop and improve in how we address employee complaints.” We’ll make mistakes now and again, and when we do, we should be held accountable.”