Tesla's Bid To Arbitrate Race Bias Suit Runs Out Of Juice

By Dave Simpson (May 22, 2019, 6:44 PM EDT) -- Tesla can't send to arbitration a proposed class action claiming it tolerated harassment toward black workers at one of its plants, a California appellate court said Tuesday in affirming a lower court's finding that the electric-car maker can't enforce a contract the accuser never signed.

In an unpublished, unanimous decision, the appellate panel found that Tesla can't make former worker Marcus Vaughn arbitrate his claims because he declined to sign or return a contract that included an arbitration clause.

"That other Tesla employees may have accepted offer letters containing arbitration agreements is immaterial at this stage, where the issue before us...

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