Employee files harassment complaint against Tesla

A report from Washington post details the lawsuit filed against Tesla by a worker at its Fremont factory. Jessica Barraza, who worked as a production associate on the Model 3, alleges a series of incidents of sexual harassment suffered while working at the California automaker.

Barraza told the To post that coworkers often made vulgar comments about his appearance and was allegedly offered via text message by someone in a supervisory role. It is also claimed that improper touching took place during working hours at the factory. The lawsuit says harassment in one form or another allegedly occurred almost daily, triggering anxiety and forcing medical leave.

It is suggested in the report that Barraza tried to voice his concerns to Tesla HR, filing complaints earlier this year but only hearing crickets. The problem, she says, is Elon Musk himself’s tendency to display a childish nature in some of his tweets. As an example, Barraza points to the tweet he wrote on October 29 of this year, where he put forward the name of a new university: Texas Institute of Technology & Science.

It doesn’t take much imagination to deduce this thinly veiled joke, given the acronym that would result from such a name. This was then followed by valuable statements from Musk that such a place would have “epic merch” and be “universally admired”. It is suggested in the lawsuit that this type of behavior likely emboldened some of Barraza’s stalkers in the factory.

A supposed arbitration clause, which is apparently part of the agreements signed when one takes a job at Tesla, makes lawsuits like these rare birds. However, the company was recently forced to pay $ 137 million to someone named Owen Diaz who was racially harassed at the same Fremont factory where Barraza alleges sexual harassment. It has been noted by other sources that Diaz was an entrepreneur and potentially not obligated to sign the mythical arbitration agreement.

Even with such documents, this is not Musk’s first contact with lawyers. Readers will recall that the Tesla boss found himself in hot water after he tweeted that he would privatize the company at a price of $ 420 per share and suggested the funding was secured. Nothing happened, only preliminary talks being on the table. Charges of securities fraud quickly arose and the case was settled in September 2018, Musk resigned as chairman of Tesla and agreed to have his public communications (such as tweets) being controlled by the company.

That didn’t stop the man from crushing buttons on Twitter, of course, proven by the example above. In fact, the SEC has repeatedly mistaken Musk for tweets ranging from the number of cars Tesla is expected to manufacture in a calendar year to the number of solar roof deliveries. For his part, Tesla has responded at least once by saying that the words are only Musk’s opinion. And don’t forget: October of this year isn’t the first time Musk has played with acronyms, baiting the SEC into suggesting another description of his own name.

Do you think the lawyers checked this one out?

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