This story has been updated with comment from Tesla.
A female engineer has spoken out about a discrimination lawsuit against Tesla that she filed last year.
AJ Vandermeyden, 33, has accused Tesla of ignoring her claims of “pervasive harassment” and says she has suffered “mental distress” and “humiliation,” The Guardian reports.
Her lawyers have alleged that Vandermeyden and fellow female engineers were passed over for promotions, even though they were “equally or more qualified” than the men who received them.
The papers also claim that the engineer was subject to ” inappropriate language, whistling, and catcalls” on the factory floor and that her complaints about this caused issues with Tesla’s management.
The claims come as the technology industry grapples with attention on its gender equality. A blogpost by Susan Fowler a former Uber engineer recounting similar allegations of sexist working practices went viral earlier this month, sparking outcry. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has now launched a related investigation.
In a statement to Fortune, a Tesla spokesperson noted that the company is “committed to creating a positive workplace environment that is free of discrimination” for all employees. The spokesperson continued:
After Vandermeyden first brought her concerns to Tesla over a year ago, the company says it hired EMC2, an outside employment-related legal counseling firm, to investigate the claims so that, if warranted, the company could take action to address the issues. But, the Tesla spokesperson added:
Vandermeyden’s lawyer, Therese Lawless, has criticized investigator’s report. “We did not believe that it was a comprehensive report,” she told the Guardian. “We vehemently disagree with their finding.”
Vandermeyden still works at Tesla, according to the Guardian.