Tesla faces its second lawsuit from a female employee alleging a "hostile work environment" within its factories.
Erica Cloud, a Tesla assembly line worker, is accusing her former manager of sexual harassment, according to a lawsuit filed for unspecified damages in Alameda County Superior Court in California on Wednesday. Tesla forced Cloud to endure "a hostile work environment stemming from animus towards her gender," including sexual harassment, according to the filing.
"The pervasive culture of sexual harassment, which includes a daily barrage of sexist language and behavior, including frequent groping on the factory floor, is known to supervisors and managers and often perpetrated by them," the lawsuit said.
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Cloud's filing claimed her manager hugged and massaged her while making crude and suggestive remarks and that Tesla failed to prevent and take corrective action against those who sexually harassed her.
Cloud is the second woman to file a lawsuit against Tesla involving allegations of sexual harassment. Jessica Barraza, a former production associate, filed a lawsuit against the company in November, claiming, "Tesla has subjected women working in its Fremont plant to nightmarish conditions of rampant sexual harassment." Barraza said male coworkers would regularly brush up against her backside and "unnecessarily touch her under the pretext of working together in close quarters."
Lawsuits against Tesla have been rare because the company requires employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, which force any settlements to be resolved outside of court.
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Still, litigation against the company has been met with some success. In October, a judge ordered Tesla to pay almost $137 million to a former employee who alleged racial abuse from coworkers.
Tesla did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment, in part due to the company dissolving its public relations department in 2020.