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Tesla Sued by Black, Gay Worker Claiming ‘Unchecked’ Racism

  • Ex-contract worker accuses vehicle maker of abuses at plant
  • Tesla was ordered to pay $137 million in another such case
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A Black gay woman who worked at a Tesla Inc. factory accused the electric-vehicle maker in a lawsuit of “festering” racism by ignoring the racial and homophobic slurs and physical harm she endured.

Kaylen Barker, a former contract worker who inspected brake parts, is the latest to complain that Tesla ignores discrimination based on race, sexual orientation and gender at its plants. According to her complaint, her abuse occurred even as Tesla defended another contract worker’s discrimination case in court -- which the company lost and was ordered to pay $137 million in damages.