Female Tesla Engineer Sues Over Harassment, Lower Pay, Hostile Workplace

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AJ Vandermeyden, who still works at the company, said in a newspaper interview that the Palo Alto-based electric-vehicle maker ignored her complaints of "pervasive harassment" - including "inappropriate language, whistling and catcalls" on the factory floor - and retaliated against her for raising concerns.

"It's shocking in this day and age that this is still a fight we have to have", she told the British publication.

Vandermeyden's accusations are similar to those raised by a former Uber engineer, Susan Fowler, whose recent blog post has blown the sexual-harassment and discrimination issue wide open in the valley.

While Vandermeyden still works for the electric auto manufacturing company, her allegations seem to suggest the environment at Tesla is toxic to women.

CEO Elon Musk tweeted his belief that Moran was a paid agitator for the United Auto Workers union, which has been trying to unionize the factory, and called the charges "morally outrageous".

"Until somebody stands up, nothing is going to change", she said in a recent interview, which stems from a lawsuit she filed a year ago against Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

"But interestingly, she's getting a lot of support today", Lawless said. The Tesla employee has now switched departments as she has moved out of the assembly line to the purchasing department. She loves the product. She believes that nothing will change at the company until someone steps up. "So she made a decision to do it from the outside".

Vandermeyden says that she was often the only woman in meetings with as many as 40 or 50 employees, and also told the Guardian that all C-level exec positions are occupied by men, with only two VP positions out of over 30 held by women. "It's absurd. That's fine regarding trade secrets, but it's illegal to prohibit people from talking about working conditions for their pay".

Nonetheless, Vendermeyden says she will continue to work for the company because she believes in it.

Still, according to the Guardian, Vendermeyden has doubts about her future with the company.

Meanwhile, Tesla has trashed the claims as being unsubstantial, The company said that it had hired a third party to look into the matter after the claims first surfaced and that particular body was unable to find enough claims to substantiate claims of gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Its stock went down by 4% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company's rating, and now, it is again hit by claims of hostile working conditions and lower pay by employee AJ Vandermeyden, Daily Mail reported.

She and other female engineers, the lawsuit states, were denied promotions even though they were "equally or more qualified" than the men. But the flip side includes extreme pressure to perform that often backfires on women.

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