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Tesla Countersues California Agency in Workplace Racism Battle

Sept. 23, 2022, 5:03 AM

Tesla Inc. filed a countersuit against the California Civil Rights Department after the agency accused the company of fostering racial bias at its main factory.

The world’s most valuable car maker said state officials didn’t give it adequate notice of claims or earnestly engage in efforts to resolve the dispute in violation of state law.

The department’s conduct “is entirely inconsistent with the principles of fair notice, neutral investigations, good faith conciliation, and mandatory pre-suit mediation,” required under state employment law, Tesla said in its complaint filed Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court. The suit was brought unlawfully without seeking ...