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Tennesseans have rights to not suffer discrimination and harassment at their jobs based on their protected characteristics. Despite the federal and state laws that protect workers, some still are the victims of illegal workplace discrimination and harassment. When they are, they might have the grounds to file lawsuits against their employers.

Recently, Tesla has been the subject of multiple lawsuits that have been filed against it because of alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation at one of its manufacturing facilities. The company’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California, employs 10,000 workers. A number of employees have filed lawsuits against Tesla, alleging that the treatment that they received hails back to the troubled Jim Crow era.

Among the allegations, many employees have stated that they were discriminated against based on their race, gender and sexual orientation. Some report that they were called racial epithets and threatened because of their race. One woman alleged that men who were less qualified were promoted over women and that she was subjected to catcalls and inappropriate comments. She also alleged that after she filed her complaint, Tesla fired her in retaliation. Finally, a man reported that his supervisor told him that others thought he was gay and that the pants that he wore were “gay-tight.” Tesla denied all of the allegations against it, claiming that they did not have merit.

People are protected from illegal workplace discrimination based on their national origins, genders, races, colors, pregnancies, disabilities and ages. When they are discriminated against because of these protected characteristics, they may be able to file lawsuits against their employers. Employment law attorneys may assess what happened and offer honest evaluations of whether or not the alleged discrimination was illegal. They may help their clients to file discrimination charges with the EEOC and with the corresponding state agencies.