Forward of its expected preliminary community giving (IPO) on November 9, Rivian is experiencing a lawsuit by a previous sales and marketing vice president for alleged gender discrimination, the Wall Road Journal stories. 

The lawsuit was submitted on Thursday and alleges that Laura Schwab, the previous government in concern, bought fired following reporting gender discrimination to the company’s HR section.

In addition to that, Schwab submitted a statement of claim with the American Arbitration Association (ΑΑΑ) and came ahead to the public in a blog publish released on Medium

She states in the blog write-up:

Rivian publicly offers about its society, so it was a crushing blow when I joined the organization and just about immediately expert a harmful bro culture that marginalizes gals and contributes to the company building faults.

I lifted concerns to HR about the gender discrimination from my supervisor, the “boys club” lifestyle, and the effect it was possessing on me, my team, and the business. Two days later on, my boss fired me.

The “toxic bro tradition,” as Schwab alleges, not only resulted in her abrupt dismissal, but also in her unjustified exclusion in the place of work.

Even with her 20-12 months working experience in the automotive sector and her significant-position posture, she was consistently excluded from conferences attended by her male friends and selections were produced without her enter.

Her viewpoint was also consistently overlooked when she was seeking to position out issues and considerations more than the company’s approaches.

A coincidence or a development?

The fact that females are underrepresented in the automotive business is no top secret. To give you an example, in 2018, only 16 females (8%) ended up executives at the top 20 motor car and sections corporations in the Fortune World-wide 500. 

And I critically question that the amount has significantly gone up due to the fact then.

But for the couple that have produced it to the leading, I’m asking yourself, are they addressed differently just mainly because they are… women of all ages?

Even though a couple of girls have damaged via and attained the major, they are still very likely to facial area discrimination in the macho society of the motor vehicle world.

You only have to have a quick Google search to locate a series of lawsuits comparable to the just one Schwab has filed.

In 2017, Heather Anger, clay sculptor, sued Basic Motors for gender discrimination as effectively. She claimed that her male friends experienced a greater salary (inspite of their lower skills), were acquiring much more promotions, and were being acquiring away with sexual harassment at do the job.

That exact calendar year, AJ  Vandermeyden, former engineer at Tesla, sued the company for “pervasive harassment” and unjust cure. Equivalent to Anger and Schwab, she accused Tesla of shelling out her a lower wage in contrast to her male colleagues in the exact same job, advertising much less experienced adult males above her, and retaliating in opposition to her for boosting problems. 

A few months later on, she was fired.

Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler also sued her ride-sharing employer 4 decades back. And, you guessed it, the lawsuit was about sexual harassment and gender discrimination. I desire that concluded the list, but there is tons a lot more of illustrations I could’ve provided.

Girls aren’t attracted by the automotive marketplace

According to the most up-to-date study conducted by Deloitte and Automotive Information, nearly 50 percent of woman respondents operating in the automotive sector would like to move to a distinctive sector.

I don’t blame them.

The respondents cited deficiency of do the job/lifestyle balance and deficiency of marketing alternatives. A total 64% of the women asked believed that deficiency of variety, equity, and inclusion prevented gals from looking at a position in the automotive marketplace.

Exactly where does this go away the automotive entire world?

The respond to is basic: in the previous.

Although most big automakers are coming all over on sustainability and dedicating on their own to EV manufacturing, they will not be able to tout their ‘futurist’ eyesight right up until they change their tradition.

A single function, these as Schwab’s lawsuit, is not necessarilty indicative of an whole sector, but a series of situations and study information does hint at a disturbing craze: the automotive environment is a “man’s planet.”

It is terrific that several car suppliers are all set to overhaul their technological know-how and complete business enterprise to modify to new calls for for sustainability — but they need to use that momentum eradicate sexist function society as well.

By Tara