By Malathi Nayak | Bloomberg
Tesla Inc. must keep defending itself in open court against claims that female employees face “rampant sexual harassment” in its largest California factory, a judge ruled, spurning the company’s request for closed-door arbitration.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kaus ruled Monday that the female worker who filed the complaint can proceed with her case — even though she signed an arbitration agreement giving up her right to sue.
Kaus issued a one-sentence order denying the company’s request without explaining his reasoning.
Tesla has come under fire from shareholder activists who have pushed — so far without success — to get the electric-vehicle maker’s board
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