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Tesla’s plea against CA civil rights agency suing for racial bias has been dismissed

California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) dismissed Tesla’s plea against the state civil rights watchdog for failing to conduct a proper investigation before suing the automaker for racial discrimination at its Fremont assembly plant.

Tesla filed a petition with OAL in June, claiming that the Department of Civil Rights (DCR), formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, adopted “underground rules” against employers. disregard agency requirements before filing a lawsuit. , Tesla’s lawyers argued that the DCR did not give Tesla proper notice of investigation or help mediate disputes before going to court.

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The letter rejecting Tesla’s petition is dated August 8, according to Reuters, OAL, which reviews the state agency’s rules, did not respond in time to comment, but Reuters reports that the agency gave no reason to deny Tesla’s challenge. sources say Familiar law told Meczyki that OAL would have denied the petition because Tesla would have to submit it before the DCR case against the automaker could begin.

OAL said Tesla may still pursue its claims in court, and should indeed have further updates on the matter this week. Around the time that Tesla originally filed its OAL petition, California Superior Court Judge Avelio Grillo decided not to stay the lawsuit, but a delay motion on August 24, based on potentially questionable practices, or Agreed to schedule a hearing for the motion to dismiss. DCR.

The DCR originally filed suit against Tesla in February after collecting “hundreds of complaints from workers” and evidence that the Fremont factory is a “segregated workplace where black workers are subjected to racial slurs and job assignments.” “Discrimination is practiced in creating discipline, pay and promotion. A hostile work environment.” Tesla has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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The Fremont factory has been the focus of several lawsuits against the electric car maker. A former elevator operator is still in the process of suing Tesla for compensatory and punitive damages, after alleging that his associates subjected him to racial harassment and prejudice, including hurling racist slurs and making swastikas. In April a state judge reduced an earlier jury ruling for the black activist from $137 million to $15 million. The worker declines the reduced reward and is waiting for a new test.

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