Electric carmaker Tesla says it has changed policies concerning workplace discrimination, but that might not be the case. A former contract worker at the brand’s factory in California has filed a discrimination suit against Tesla after being fired in late 2021.
Lawsuit centers on racial and homophobic slurs
The workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by a gay Black woman details how a supervisor reportedly uttered multiple racial and homophobic slurs to her. The plaintiff also suffered physical harm, alleging that her supervisor struck her with a hot grinding tool. Although Tesla fired the supervisor and the factory inspector following the incident, the supervisor was ultimately rehired while the company kept pressuring the factory worker to admit insubordination.
This latest incident appears to continue a workplace environment at Tesla where discrimination in various forms continues to occur. In August 2021, a court ruling ordered Tesla to pay a former employee $1 million in damages resulting from racial insults. Another Tesla employee filed suit against the manufacturer for “rampant sexual harassment.” Lawsuits against Tesla are rare because workers must sign agreements that disputes must be handled in private arbitration.
Fighting back against discrimination
If you have endured a hostile work environment that violated your rights, you may be able to seek restitution against your current or former employer. Many times, employers will claim that they are addressing discrimination issues, yet thinly veiled incidents still occur.
Workplace discrimination can take many forms. In addition to discrimination against race and sexual orientation, you may have suffered discrimination against your gender, age, disability, nationality or recent pregnancy. Discrimination of any type is illegal in the workplace. You have the right to file a lawsuit that will expose your employer’s actions while also seeking damages for the suffering and lost wages you endured.