Tesla exposes women to ‘widespread sexual harassment’ at the Fremont plant, the suit says

By Katia Porzecanski | Bloomberg

Tesla Inc.’s female employees face “widespread sexual harassment,” according to a lawsuit filed by a woman working at the electric car maker’s plant in Fremont, California.

Jessica Barraza, 38, said in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Oakland State Court that she experienced “nightmarish” conditions as a night shift worker at Tesla, where colleagues and supervisors made lewd comments and gestures to her and other women several times a week. When she complained to supervisors and human resources, they failed to act, Barraza says.

She suffers from panic attacks as a result of three years of such behavior and “is afraid to return to work knowing that her body can be violated at any time without consequences,” the complaint states. “She’s on medication and in therapy, and she’s not the same person she used to be.”

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Barraza’s case was previously reported by The Washington Post.

The case comes as Tesla is already facing a staggering $ 137 million verdict in favor of another worker who said he experienced widespread racism at the Fremont plant. Tesla is now appealing the price.

A jury in the case told Bloomberg News that the panel hoped to encourage Tesla executives to “take the most basic precautions and precautions they neglected to take as a large company to protect any employee at their factory.”

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