Tesla ordered to pay over $130 mln to Black former employee over racism -WSJ

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – A federal jury on Monday has ordered Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) to pay greater than $130 million in damages to a Black former employee named Owen Diaz, discovering he was subjected to a racially hostile work setting, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The jury decided that the corporate didn’t take affordable steps to forestall Diaz, a contract employee who labored as an elevator operator at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility in 2015 and 2016, from being racially harassed, the newspaper added.

Tesla and its attorneys didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark. Diaz’s legal professionals additionally didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Before the trial started, presiding choose William Orrick rejected efforts by Tesla to exclude one juror from the jury, saying he believed the try was primarily based on race and “purposefully discriminatory.”

Last yr, the electrical carmaker disclosed in its first U.S. range report that Black staff make up simply 4% of Tesla’s American management roles and 10% of its whole workforce within the nation.

The trial was heard on the U.S District Court, Northern District of California.

Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

The TESLA logo is seen outside a dealership in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton