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Tesla settles sexual harassment lawsuit with former employee

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Sexual Harassment

Tesla Inc. has recently settled a lawsuit brought forward by a former employee who alleged severe sexual harassment at the company’s Fremont, California, assembly plant. This case is one of several claims suggesting a workplace environment where harassment was not adequately addressed, particularly for Black and female workers.

Details of the settlement

The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge William Orrick after the plaintiff, a former factory worker, and Tesla reached a settlement, the specifics of which have not been made public. The plaintiff’s plaintiff alleged about 100 incidents of sexual harassment in under two years, including stalking by a coworker.

The struggle against workplace harassment

This case is an example of the broader challenge many harassment victims face in trying to stop this misconduct in the workplace. Despite reporting the behavior, Turner claimed her supervisors dismissed her reports, at one point telling her, “That’s just how things are.” Tesla fired the plaintiff in September 2022, which she believes was retaliation for her complaints and reporting a workplace injury. Unfortunately, retaliatory firings and other punishments are not uncommon experiences for victims who report harassment.

Due to a federal law that prohibits mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims, this case went to trial over Tesla’s objections. Many plaintiffs in employment law cases find that going to trial instead of arbitration benefits their chances at fair compensation. This compensation can be a critical step in acknowledging the wrongs the plaintiff suffered and fostering a workplace culture that takes harassment seriously, as well as helping undo the damage to the plaintiff’s career.

justice and support

If you’re a worker in California and have experienced sexual harassment, know that you are not alone and that there are avenues for recourse. It’s crucial to understand your rights and the potential for obtaining compensation. We encourage you to reach out for more information or to initiate action on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to us to explore your options and ensure your voice is heard.