Tesla Must Face Trafficking Claims Related To Contractor

By Dave Simpson (November 22, 2021, 11:22 PM EST) — Tesla must face a putative class’s trafficking claims that it benefited from alleged forced labor by its Slovenian contractor, which is accused of threatening workers with violence if they didn’t continue to work in dangerous conditions, a California federal judge ruled Saturday.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh said that the construction workers in California adequately alleged their Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act claims but dismissed their wage claims, finding that they were levied too late.

The workers successfully claimed that Tesla and its contractor, Eisenmann Corp., knew or should have known that subcontractor ISM Vuzem DOO coerced its workers into…