October 18, 2021

Tesla to Pay Black Ex-Employee $137 Million for Racial Harassment

Tesla has been ordered to fork over a hefty cost to a Black former worker who was subjected to racial abuse whereas working for the corporate.

On Monday, an eight-person jury dominated that Owen Diaz, who labored at Tesla’s Fremont plant in 2015 and 2016, endured in depth racial discrimination and a hostile surroundings whereas with the corporate.

Diaz was employed as a contracted elevator operator, who says that he was subjected to “daily racist epithets.” In his lawsuit, Diaz detailed how fellow white staff drew swastikas and racist graffiti all through the ability. He additionally said that white staff incessantly used the N-word, and supervisors refused to take motion.

Diaz has now been granted $130 million in punitive damages and one other $6.9 million in compensatory damages.

Tesla beforehand denied any wrongdoing within the case. On Monday, the corporate’s vp Valerie Capers Workman mentioned in a weblog publish that Tesla was “not perfect” in 2015 and 2016 however claimed that it had come a great distance in 5 years.

Lawrence Organ, Diaz’s lawyer, counseled his shopper for standing up towards the automotive company and believes he “sent a message to Tesla that what it did was wrong.”