‘Rampant harassment’ a Musk at Elon’s Fremont factory

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‘Rampant harassment’ a Musk at Elon’s Fremont factory

A female Tesla employee has joined a host of others in accusing the firm of ‘nightmarish’ working conditions

Katia Porzecanski and Dana Hull

Tesla’s female employees face “rampant sexual harassment”, according to a lawsuit by a woman who works in the electric carmaker’s Fremont, California, factory.

Jessica Barraza, 38, said in a complaint filed on Thursday in an Oakland court that she experienced “nightmarish” conditions as a night-shift worker at Tesla, with co-workers and supervisors making lewd comments and gestures to her and other women multiple times a week. When she complained to supervisors and human resources, they failed to take action, she said.

Barraza suffers from panic attacks as a result of three years of such behaviour and “is afraid to return to work knowing that her body could be violated at any time with no repercussions”, according to the complaint. “She is on medication and in therapy, and she is not the same person she used to be.”..

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