A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] refused [opinion, PDF] Monday to dismiss two forced labor claims against Tesla [corporate website] in a lawsuit filed by two former workers. The former workers worked for subcontractor Vuzem, who worked for Eisenmann, which manufactures specialized paint shop equipment. Eisenmann installed equipment at Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Deere & Company, LaX Fabricating, REAHU, Volkswagen and BMW. The plaintiffs specifically worked on installing a paint shop at Tesla’s facility in Fremont, California.