Tesla has been sued for sexual harassment by a second female employee in less than a month, with both claims alleging a "hostile work environment" against women at the company's U.S. plant.
In a complaint filed in California's Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday, Erica Cloud, a Tesla assembly line worker, accused defendants including her former manager of "continuous and pervasive" sexual harassment.
The manager allegedly hugged and massaged her while making vulgar and inappropriate remarks, according to her. She claims she is now facing retaliation from other bosses after reporting the wrongdoing to Tesla's human resources department.
According to the lawsuit, Tesla and the other defendants subjected her to "a hostile work environment deriving from animus towards her gender, sexual harassment."
Tesla and other defendants are accused of failing to prevent and rectify sexual harassment and retaliation, according to the lawsuit.
Tesla did not answer emailed inquiries regarding the case immediately. There is no public relations department at Tesla.
Jessica Barraza, a female Tesla employee, filed a complaint against Tesla on Nov. 18 alleging widespread sexual harassment at the company's primary facility in Fremont, California.
"Supervisors and management are aware of the widespread culture of sexual harassment, which involves a daily barrage of sexist language and behavior, including frequent groping on the factory floor," the lawsuit claims.
A Black contract worker won a $137 million jury award against Tesla in October for workplace racism. Tesla shareholders then supported a request to have the firm publish a comprehensive report on its diversity and inclusion efforts.