Tesla Sued by California Rights Agency Over Discrimination

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 10, 2022


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A Californian civil rights regulator has sued Tesla over alleged racial discrimination and harassment.

“Hundreds of Complaints”

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against Tesla on Wednesday. The charges stem from alleged widespread discrimination, segregation, and harassment of black workers at the company’s factory in Fremont, California.

“After receiving hundreds of complaints from workers, DFEH 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,” DFEH director Kevin Kash disclosed in a statement.

The lawsuit comes after the carmaker preemptively published a blog post where it emphatically denied the charges. It said it would ask the court to pause proceedings and “take other steps to ensure that facts and evidence will be heard.” The DFEH informed Tesla of its intention to file a case a week before.

Not the Shiniest Reputation

Tesla’s Fremont factory employs more than 10,000 staff. It is no stranger at the center of numerous lawsuits and complaints. Many of those allege racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

In October 2021, a federal grand jury awarded $137 million in damages to Owen Diaz, a former contract worker. The man, who worked as an elevator operator, accused the automaker of ignoring the consistent and horrific racist harassment he faced.

According to the DFEH, employees of minority backgrounds are more likely to get denied promotions, written up, or sacked over infractions.


Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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