Open terminal with gnome-terminal.
open new tab
in the new tab I am already in foo
the new tab is still in the home directory.
How to fix it:
According to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-terminal/+bug/1132700 you have to add
. /etc/profile.d/vte.sh to the .bashrc.
This fix works for me.