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Wednesday, 06 October 2021 18:59

Tesla Forced to Pay $137M After Losing Racial Discrimination Case

Written by Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau
A San Francisco jury found Tesla guilty of failing to act on racially discriminatory behavior at its Fremont, CA, plant. A San Francisco jury found Tesla guilty of failing to act on racially discriminatory behavior at its Fremont, CA, plant.

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A former contract worker sued EV maker Tesla Inc. for ignoring racist behavior by other employees targeted at him, winning and securing a $137 million verdict---a new record for this type of case in the U.S.

Owen Diaz, who was an elevator operator at the company’s Fremont, CA, plant, sued the company after it failed to address racial taunting and graffiti aimed at him. The suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, according to Bloomberg.

 

The ruling is the second instance in which Tesla’s been forced to pay a seven-figure penalty for racially motivated harassment of employees.

 

To read more, see The Detroit Bureau.

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