Former Tesla employee refuses to pay $15 million in racial abuse lawsuit

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A former black worker at the Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, California, has rejected a $15 million payment from the automaker in a lawsuit alleging racial abuse by co-workers. The judge gave the worker, Owen Diaz, two weeks accept an award that has been cut from original jury verdict of $137 million.

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Instead of closing the book on this, Diaz’s rejection of the award will lead to a new trial. Apart from this case, Tesla is in the midst of several lawsuits. Recently, two former Tesla employees sued alleging that the automaker did not provide the 60 days advance notice required by federal law during its recent wave of layoffs. Among other high-profile costumes California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Case v. Automaker for racial discrimination and harassment at Tesla’s Fremont plant, a lawsuit that Tesla criticized for illegal activities and is in the process of trying to interfere.

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In a filing in federal court in San Francisco, Diaz’s lawyers said the $15 million award was unfair and would not prevent future misconduct by Tesla.

“Rejecting an excessive reduction in the trial, demanding a new trial, Mr. Diaz again asks the jury, made up of his colleagues, to evaluate what Tesla did to him and provide fair compensation for the stream of racist insults that were directed at him.” his lawyers said.

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U.S. District Judge William Orrick lowered the jury award in April. The judge also denied Tesla’s motion for a new trial because Diaz accepted the lower award, so both parties must go to court again.

Diaz is seeking damages and punitive damages from Tesla after he said colleagues repeatedly called him racist slurs, drew cartoons and swastikas and generally presented a hostile work environment for nine months from 2015 to 2016 while he worked as an elevator operator at a factory .

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment, but the automaker has responded to racial claims in the past. let’s not forget about sex – harassment by claiming that the company has policies in place to prevent and deal with misconduct in the workplace. These sentiments do not seem to have affected some investors. one of whom filed a lawsuit last week accusing Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the board of directors of ignoring worker complaints and allowing a toxic workplace culture to flourish.


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