California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) denied Tesla’s petition against the state’s civil rights watchdog for failing to conduct proper investigations before suing the automaker for racial discrimination at its Fremont assembly plant.
Tesla filed the petition with the OAL in June, claiming that the Department of Civil Rights (DCR), formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, adopted “underground regulations” that disregard requirements the agency needs to make before filing lawsuits against employers. Tesla lawyers argued that the DCR didn’t give Tesla fair notice of an investigation or help mediate disputes before going to court.
The Fremont factory has been the center of many lawsuits against the electric car manufacturer. A former elevator operator is still in the process of suing Tesla for compensatory and punitive damages after alleging that colleagues subjected him to racial harassment and bias, including calling him racist slurs and drawing swastikas. A state judge in April slashed a former jury verdict for the Black worker from $137 million to $15 million. The worker rejected the reduced award and is awaiting a new trial.