Tesla challenges powers of California agency behind race bias lawsuit

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) filed a complaint on Tuesday accusing a California civil rights agency

that is suing the electric car maker for race discrimination of rushing to file lawsuits against businesses without conducting proper investigations

Tesla in a 10-page complaint told California's Office of Administrative Law (OAL) that the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has adopted

"underground regulations" that flout requirements it must meet before suing employers.

DFEH in a February lawsuit claimed Tesla's flagship Fremont, California, plant was a racially segregated

The company said DFEH treats those requirements as "a mere bureaucratic nuisance requiring only sham compliance."

Tesla has denied wrongdoing and said the lawsuit was politically motivated

 Tesla claimed DFEH violated state law by suing Tesla without first notifying the company of all of the claims or giving it a chance to settle.

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