Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Engineer alleges culture of sexism and discrimination at Tesla - MASHABLE

by Kerry Flynn 
Originally published: February 28, 2017

AJ Vandermeyden, a female engineer at Tesla, sued her employer last fall, alleging the car company committed several cases of sexism and workplace discrimination against her, The Guardian reported Tuesday. 

The decision to speak out about her case comes a week after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti published her own account of sexism by her employer, prompting action from Uber as well as more women in Silicon Valley to share their own stories.

Vandermeyden’s lawyer is Therese Lawless, who also represented former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao in her discrimination lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

“Until somebody stands up, nothing is going to change,” Vandermeyden told The Guardian. “I’m an advocate of Tesla. I really do believe they are doing great things. That said, I can’t turn a blind eye if there’s something fundamentally wrong going on.”