Former Rivian Executive suing for gender discrimination

Laura Schwab, a former Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Rivian, filed a gender discrimination complaint with the California Superior Court.

The complaint alleges that Rivian fired her after Schwab complained about “toxic bro culture” to Rivian human resources.

Schwab previously held executive posts at Aston Martin Lagonda and Jaguar Land Rover. She noted the culture at Rivian was the worst she had ever seen in the automotive industry.

According to The Journal, Schwab tried to push the company to address several concerns, but the executive table ignored her. On the first occasion, she noted the company was underpricing their vehicles. Her advice fell to deaf ears at the executive table.

On the second occasion, she raised concerns about the quality of the manufacturing process, which the executive table dismissed.

However, the company did follow through on the recommendations after a male executive raised the same issue, reports CNBC.

In addition, Schwab alleged that Rivian’s old boys club excluded female executives like herself from crucial meetings and marginalized female leaders.

This suit comes as Rivian is looking to raise additional investment to help support their expansion and production of the R1T and R1S.

However, it is unclear if the suit will affect any future plans the company has.

Rivian did not provide a comment on the suit.

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