Tesla was sued by a female employee for rampant sexual harassment at the Fermont facility. Here’s everything you need to know about the lawsuit.
Sexual Harassment rampant in Tesla
Jessica Barrazza, an employee working for Tesla at the facility in Fermont, California sued Tesla, accusing a hostile work environment with ‘rampant sexual harassment. According to the report in The WashingtonPost, the employee stated that she was constantly subjected to harassment at Tesla’s factory, “including catcalling and inappropriate physical touching”. The employee is a production associate, working on Tesla model 3. “After almost three years of experiencing all the harassment, it robs your sense of security — it almost dehumanizes you,” she stated. Barrazza is currently on leave and represented by David Lowe. The San Francisco attorney is famous for swimming a $22.5 million lawsuit against Pinterest for sexual harassment.
The new lawsuit alleges that sexual harassment is rampant at Tesla and comments on the “nightmarish conditions” of the facility. It also says that the factory floor “more resembles a crude, archaic construction site or frat house. Than a cutting-edge company in the heart of the progressive San Francisco Bay area”. Additionally, the lawsuit states, “She was subject to vulgar comments about her body. And propositioned by a supervisory lead over a text message. She alleges brushed up against her backside multiple times a week.”
More on the Lawsuit
The lawsuit also claims that after her colleagues made remarks about her breast, her supervisor told her “maybe you shouldn’t wear shirts that draw attention to your chest”. However, according to her filing, she was “wearing a work shirt provided by Tesla”. In Tesla’s Fremont plant, the form produces its Model X, Model S, Model Y, and Model 3 EVs. Previously, in October 2021, the firm paid $137 million to a contractor at the same facility due to racial harassment. However, Tesla us yet to comment on the new lawsuit.
“Nearly every day for three years, my female coworkers and I were objectified, threatened, touched, and propositioned on the factory floor. I wanted to come to work, do my job, and support my family. Without having to endure constant sexual harassment.” Moreover,” I felt degraded, humiliated, and traumatized,” stated Barraza. to The Verge. “It’s not fair to myself, to my family, to other women who are working there,” she added.