Judge Orders Tesla to Pay Former Employee $137M for Racist Treatment

Former Tesla employee Owen Diaz is speaking out after a San Francisco jury agreed that Tesla owes him $137 million in damages after being subjected to racial harassment and a hostile work environment.

Diaz was a contracted elevator operator at Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California, where he says he was harassed and faced “daily racist epithets,” including the “n-word.” After a year of working at the plant, Diaz quit over the hostile work environment, which also included employees drawing swastikas on the walls and leaving racist graffiti and drawings around the plant. Diaz added that none of the supervisors at the plant stopped the incidents from reoccurring.

Diaz reacted to the judge’s ruling, telling The New York Times, “It took four long years to get to this point. It’s like a big weight has been pulled off my shoulders.”

Tesla denied any knowledge of the incidents, and it’s unclear whether they will appeal the decision.

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