According to Elon, You Need to be “Thick Skinned”

Tesla Inc subjects female workers to “nightmarish” conditions of rampant sexual harassment at its main factory, and supervisors turn their backs when complaints are brought, according to a new lawsuit.

Jessica Barraza, 38, said she has endured “near daily” catcalls and inappropriate touching in her three years at the electric vehicle maker’s factory in Fremont, California, where she works night shifts as a production associate.

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Barraza said Tesla’s human resources department has not addressed complaints she filed in September and October, and even disabled its hr@tesla.com email address for receiving complaints.

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The automaker run by billionaire Elon Musk is not unfamiliar with claims of mistreatment at the Fremont factory.

A federal jury in San Francisco on Oct. 4 ordered Tesla to pay Owen Diaz, a Black former elevator operator, $136.9 million because he faced racial harassment there.

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Barraza is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

She also said that like many “tech employers,” Tesla requires many workers to sign arbitration agreements, keeping workplace disputes out of court, but that her agreement’s “unconscionable” terms make it unenforceable.

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