Tesla factory at center of discrimination lawsuits

Three employees say Tesla’s auto manufacturing facility was so hostile to black workers that it was “straight from the Jim Crow era.”

An assembly line worker says others mocked his pants as “gay tight.”

An engineer says she was taunted and catcalled on the factory floor, and was fired from the company after she sued for gender discrimination, including unequal pay.

Four lawsuits filed in recent months describe a toxic culture at the plant in Fremont, California, where Tesla manufactures its electric cars and where about 10,000 people work.

The suits also make Tesla the latest Silicon Valley company to come under scrutiny after workers alleged discrimination. The best-known example is Uber, where complaints of sexual harassmentultimately forced out the CEO.

In statements, Tesla told CNN Tech that it takes all complaints seriously. But it said that, “in the history of Tesla, there has never been a single proven case of discrimination against the company. Not one.”

The workers are suing for mistreatment on Tesla’s factory premises, alleging inaction by the company and, in some cases, the third-party staffing companies it contracts with. Those companies are also named in the suits.

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