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28 Feb 2017

Sam Levin, The Guardian (USA)

USA: Female employee files lawsuit against Tesla alleging gender discrimination & sexual harassment

"Female engineer sues Tesla, describing a culture of 'pervasive harassment'", 28 Feb 2017

A female engineer at Tesla has accused...car company of ignoring her complaints of “pervasive harassment”, paying her a lower salary than men doing the same work, promoting less qualified men over her and retaliating against her for raising concerns...Vandermeyden began at Tesla in 2013 and was...promoted to a manufacturing engineering position in the general assembly department...[C]omplaint...alleges...that she raised issues about the flaws she observed, which supervisors and male engineers had missed...She and other female engineers were denied promotions even though they were “equally or more qualified” than the men, according to the complaint...[S]he also experienced “unwelcome and pervasive harassment by men on the factory floor...”, the lawsuit said...[H]er objections about sexual harassment and unequal pay only caused her more trouble, according to her complaint...Tesla did not respond to questions about Vandermeyden’s claims...Vandermeyden’s suit said she has suffered “mental distress” and “humiliation”...