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An employee reported sexual harassment at a Tesla factory. For three years, she and her co-workers were exposed to “stuff” by colleagues, and were “touched and turned on.”

An employee is suing the US electric car maker because she and her colleagues say they were constantly sexually harassed while working at the Tesla plant in California. From the start, she worked at the Tesla plant in Fremont in a misogynistic environment, but despite her complaints, management did nothing about it, according to the lawsuit filed by Jessica Barazza on Thursday.

Barraza said Tesla’s public assurances to “promote a safe and respectful environment for its employees” are only a facade. At the factory in Fremont, the women went through a different reality: for three years, their co-workers were “obsessed with” every day by their colleagues and sometimes by their superiors, and they were “touched and run.”

Although she complained several times to her superiors and a representative from the HR department, nothing was done. On the contrary, she feels that she was a victim of revenge. Among other things, it was moved after a complaint was filed.

Training and disciplinary action required

The 38-year-old is currently on sick leave due to PTSD. In addition to its high compensation payments, it wants Tesla to be obligated to take action against sexual harassment through training, controls, and disciplinary actions.

The group initially left an AFP request for a statement unanswered. This isn’t the first time Tesla’s plants in Fremont have gotten a bad reputation. Just at the beginning of October, a San Francisco court ordered the electric car maker to pay $137 million to an African American employee in compensation for racist incidents at the factory. Also in the case, Tesla reportedly took no action against the insults, despite the reports.

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(WHAT/AFP)