Tesla’s shareholder company, its board of directors and its famous boss Elon Musk have been sued for allegedly ignoring allegations of sexual harassment and racism by some employees.
Solomon Chow filed a lawsuit Thursday in a court in Austin, Texas, where Tesla’s headquarters is located.
In the court document, a law firm representing Mr. Chowk accused the automaker of ‘creating a toxic corporate culture based on racial and gender-based abuse practices and discrimination against its own employees’.
“This toxic atmosphere has been ingrained in us for many years and the truth about Tesla culture has only recently emerged, leading to the actions of regulators and individuals,” the authors continue. Damage to company reputation “
The group, with 11 members on its board of directors and chief executive, Mr. Musk, the plaintiff contends that many “red flags” were ignored, which led to the departure of many highly qualified employees and created costs to fix certain policies or pay fines.
Tesla Fremont, a former employee of a California plant, has been convicted in the past of closing his eyes to racism.
The lift operator was initially ordered to pay $ 137 million and interest before reducing the group penalty to $ 15 million.
Other legal actions, especially from black former employees who have been the victims of racial slurs and inappropriate sexual remarks from colleagues or hierarchical superiors, are in progress.
In February, California’s Civil Matters Investigation Agency (DFEH) announced that it had received hundreds of complaints against Tesla, including complaints of racism in office.
Tesla, which has not responded to journalists’ requests since the end of 2020, did not respond to a request from the AFP.