Employees in the United States have options for addressing discrimination due to sexual harassment. Those who have experienced these forms of harassment in the workplace may be able to take legal action to address issues such as a hostile work environment or actions by managers or other employees that have affected their careers or their ability to maintain employment. These issues can affect workers even at high profile companies that have a positive reputation. This was recently demonstrated in a lawsuit filed against Tesla, the maker of electric vehicles.
Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Comments and Other Forms of Harassment
In November of 2021, a 38-year-old woman who works the night shift at Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California filed a lawsuit against the company. Her suit claims that she experienced sexual harassment on a daily basis and that the company has a “pervasive culture” of sexist behavior.
In the lawsuit, the woman described multiple types of disturbing behavior that she experienced. In addition to derogatory comments about her body and other sexual comments made to her and her female coworkers, she also experienced groping and inappropriate touching, including male workers rubbing their bodies against hers or claiming that touching was unavoidable due to the need to work close to each other. She also had supervisors proposition her while claiming that they controlled her career and advancement. While she alleges that had filed multiple complaints, she also alleges that the company did not respond, and that the harassment she experienced caused her to suffer extreme emotional distress....