Rivian hit with gender discrimination lawsuit that alleges toxic ‘bro culture’

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    Rivian, the electric automaker that recently filed for an IPO, has been sued by a former sales and marketing vice president for alleged gender discrimination.

    The lawsuit alleges that Laura Schwab, a former sales and marketing executive who had a long employment history with Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin before joining Rivian in November 2020, was fired after reporting gender discrimination to the company’s human resources department. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in California Superior Court in Orange County.

    A Rivian spokeswoman told TechCrunch that due to a quiet period ahead of its public offering, the company can’t offer comment.

    Schwab also filed a statement of claim with the American Arbitration Association and laid out her allegations in a blog post published on Medium. The AAA statement, viewed by TechCrunch, describes a “toxic bro culture” at the company’s highest levels. The lawsuit alleges that Schwab was regularly ignored by her superior when trying to point out problems. She was regularly excluded from meetings attended by her male peers and decisions regarding her team were made without her input, the statement says. The AAA statement also says that her concerns regarding “Rivian’s misleading public statements and flawed business practices,” were dismissed.

    When she spoke up to human resources about “the boys’ club culture and gender discrimination she was experiencing from a C-level executive, Rivian abruptly fired her,” the statement reads.
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