Tesla in the line of racism, counterattacks against the California lawsuit

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Tesla has hit back at a lawsuit filed against it by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing that accuses it of ignoring racist incidents at its Fremont factory.

By : HT automatic office
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April 19, 2022, 12:03

This file photo taken on February 10 shows an aerial view of cars parked at the Tesla Fremont factory in Fremont, California. (AFP)

Tesla has pulled out all the stops against a California lawsuit that accuses the electric vehicle giant of ignoring incidents of racism at its Fremont factory. Calling the lawsuit an abuse of power, Tesla accused his state agency of making headlines by “abandoning its founding purpose.” The lawsuit itself was filed in February by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), but Tesla asked the judge to stay it.

There have been several accusations from employees – current and former – that Tesla ignored complaints of racism at the factory. The company’s treatment of black employees has come under constant scrutiny with a lawsuit that resulted in a $137 million jury verdict against the company.

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Tesla confronted DFEH unequivocally. “DFEH conducted a summary ‘investigation’ without interviewing key witnesses, requesting key documents, or ever setting foot in the Fremont facility,” the electric vehicle maker said in a state court filing. from Oakland. . “The DFEH ignored its legal obligations and rushed to sue Tesla, perhaps for quick publicity, perhaps out of concern that the EEOC might be first to settle with Tesla.”

File photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

File photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (AFP)

But for Bryan Schwartz, a private lawyer who has filed numerous administrative complaints against the electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla remains guilty of not having made amends. “They haven’t really changed their approach, which is to blame the lawyers, blame the plaintiffs, but do nothing about the blatant racism in their factory,” he said.

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In recent years, Tesla’s relationship with California authorities has been uneven, with Tesla shipping its Alameda County headquarters here to near Houston, Texas. In 2020, Musk challenged local health officials to shut down operations at the Fremont factory after the company was ordered to suspend work due to Covid-19 restrictions. The entire episode saw even then-US President Donald Trump wading to Musk’s side. Since then, the Fremont factory has continued to manufacture Tesla vehicles, although the spotlight is firmly on the Texas factory which is considered the company’s largest facility and the epicenter of all things You’re here.

(With contributions from Bloomberg)

Date of first publication: April 19, 2022, 12:02 PM IST

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