Juries Rejected Private Arbitration for Tesla Sexual Harassment Cases
In November 2021, Tesla employee Jessica Barraza filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Tesla, which was moved forward in California court.
Judge Stephen Kraus declined Tesla’s requests for private case arbitration. Alameda County Superior Court moved the case forward to California State Court even if the plaintiff Jessica Barraza signed an arbitration agreement in which she refused to sue Tesla over sexual harassment.
In her complaint, Barraza called Tesla a “frat house” with a “pervasive culture of sexual harassment.” According to her, “for years Tesla has subjected women working in its Fremont plant to nightmarish conditions of rampant sexual harassment,” including “sexist language and behavior” and “frequent groping on the factory floor” that Tesla managers have always been aware of.
Previously, in March 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, which does not cover this Tesla case.
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