California Threatens to Sue Tesla Over Race Discrimination and Harassment Allegations

A California state agency warned Tesla it has grounds for a civil complaint over charges of race discrimination and harassment, the automaker disclosed Monday.

Tesla disclosed the notice from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in an annual regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The automaker said it received the notice on Jan. 3.

The state investigated “undisclosed allegations of race discrimination and harassment at unspecified Tesla locations,” the company said in the SEC filing.

“The DFEH gave notice that, based upon the evidence collected, it believes that it has grounds to file a civil complaint against Tesla,” Tesla said.

DFEH declined to comment.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn