The lawsuit was initially filed by a production associate at the automaker’s Fremont plant named Jessica Barraza, who claimed that she was subject to “nightmarish” working conditions at the factory, which resembled “a crude, archaic construction site or frat house.” In one scenario, Barraza claims that a supervisor refused to act when she told him a co-worker had been staring at her breasts, instead of saying “Maybe you shouldn’t wear shirts that draw attention to your chest.” She was wearing a work shirt provided by the company at the time.
After her legal proceedings against Tesla became publicized, six more women — consisting of both current and former employees of the California branch — have stepped forward, joining the case with their own claims against the automaker by filing separate complaints with the Superior Court in Alameda County. The group said that during their time at Tesla, they were subjected to discrimination, unwanted advances, catcalling and physical contact without consent.
“I was so tired of the unwanted attention and the males gawking at me I proceeded to create barriers around me just so I could get some relief,” a plaintiff by the name of Jessica Brooks told The Washington Post. “That was something I felt necessary just so I can do my job.” She claims that she was harassed from the very first day during orientation and eventually had to stack boxes around her post to keep unwanted attention out. Brooks eventually took the issue to HR, but they moved her to a different part of the factory without actually addressing the misconduct.
Tesla has yet to respond for comment on the lawsuit. The company does not run a PR department.
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