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Tesla Must Face California’s ‘Rampant’ Workplace Racism Suit

  • Judge’s tentative order squelches Tesla’s bid to dismiss case
  • Company says civil rights regulator’s complaint is ‘misguided’
A worker enters a Tesla factory in California.

A worker enters a Tesla factory in California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Tesla Inc. can’t escape a lawsuit by California’s civil rights regulator accusing the electric-vehicle maker of fostering racial discrimination and harassment at its San Francisco Bay Area factory.

A state court judge on Tuesday tentatively denied the company’s request to throw out the complaint by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which described the Fremont plant as a “racially segregated workplace.”