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Female Tesla factory worker sues alleging rampant sexual harassment

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An employee in Tesla’s California factory has claimed in a lawsuit that sexual harassment is rampant there and the company fails to adequately address the issue.

Jessica Barraza, 38, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in California Superior Court in Alameda County, describing ‘nightmarish conditions’ at the company’s factory in Fremont.

Suits of this kind are rare, because Tesla like most other companies requires workers to agree to private arbitration outside of court, though in October a jury awarded a former Tesla contractor $137 million over his racial harassment claims.

Barraza said in an interview with the Washington Post that she was just months in to her job as a production associate on the Tesla Model 3 when she began to experience near daily harassments, with colleagues making crude remarks about her body.

She claimed the CEO Elon Musk ‘doesn’t set a good example for the factory’ by his sexually suggestive tweets, citing a recent one in which he joked that he was ‘thinking of starting new university’ dubbed the Texas Institute of Technology & Science.

Tesla worker Jessica Barraza has filed a lawsuit alleging rampant sexual harassment at the company's

Tesla worker Jessica Barraza has filed a lawsuit alleging rampant sexual harassment at the company’s 

Barraza said that the unstated acronym for Musk's proposed Texas Institute of Technology & Science forms a crude acronym, setting a poor example for Tesla workers

Barraza said that the unstated acronym for Musk’s proposed Texas Institute of Technology & Science forms a crude acronym, setting a poor example for Tesla workers

Leaving it to readers to deduce the childish joke, the tweet does not state the acronym for this purported new university, which resembles a crude reference to part of the female anatomy. 

‘It almost gives it like an … ‘he’s tweeting about it, it has to be okay,” Barraza told the Post. ‘It’s not fair to myself, to my family to other women who are working there.’ 

The lawsuit describes ‘rampant sexual harassment at Tesla,’ claiming the Fremont 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.’ 

Barraza told the Post that co-workers would regularly remark on her ‘coke bottle figure’ and ‘onion booty,’ as well a make references to her having a ‘fat a**’ and ‘fat a** t***ies.’ 

The suit alleges that a male co-worker once picked her up by her waist, ‘pressing against her torso under her breasts.’

The lawsuit claims the Fremont Tesla factory (above) 'more resembles a crude, archaic construction site or frat house than a cutting-edge company'

The lawsuit claims the Fremont Tesla factory (above) ‘more resembles a crude, archaic construction site or frat house than a cutting-edge company’

Barraza, a Modesto, California resident, said the final straw came on September 28, when a man snuck up behind her and put his leg between her thighs as she clocked in from her lunch break.

‘Oh, my bad,’ he said, chuckling, after she jumped away, according to

Barraza claims in the suit that she filed complaints with Tesla human resources in September in October, but that the company did not address the alleged harassment.

Barraza said Tesla’s human resources department even disabled its [email protected] email address for receiving complaints after she tried to raise her issues. 

The suit is being brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, citing sexual harassment and failure to prevent sexual harassment under the law. 

Tesla did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Friday. The company abolished its public relations department last year and typically does not respond to media requests. 

The suit is being brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, citing sexual harassment and failure to prevent sexual harassment under the law

The suit is being brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, citing sexual harassment and failure to prevent sexual harassment under the law

Tesla’s mandatory arbitration agreements, which many employers use, require workers to file disputes with a private arbitration panel, keeping most claims out of public court.

Barraza’s attorneys say the agreement is ‘illegal and unenforceable.’ 

The most high-profile workplace lawsuit the company has faced was filed by Owen Diaz, a former contractor who alleged racial harassment at the Fremont factory.

The jury found in favor of Diaz last month. Tesla’s head of human resources Valerie Capers Workman responded to the verdict in a blog post saying the facts in that case ‘don’t justify the verdict.’ 

Tesla stock rose 0.7 percent on Friday and is up 51 percent since the beginning of the year. 

Barraza is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

She also said that like many ‘tech employers,’ Tesla requires many workers to sign arbitration agreements, keeping workplace disputes out of court, but that her agreement’s ‘unconscionable’ terms make it unenforceable.

Barraza said she is on doctor-ordered medical leave, with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.



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