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(Reuters) -A federal jury on Monday has ordered Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc to pay greater than $130 million in damages to a Black former employee, discovering he was subjected to a racially hostile work setting, the Wall Avenue Journal reported.
The jury decided that the corporate did not take affordable steps to forestall Owen Diaz, a contract employee who was employed as an elevator operator at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing unit in 2015 and 2016, from being racially harassed, the newspaper mentioned.
In a message to workers that Tesla posted on its web site, the automaker famous the trial involved racial slurs heard on the manufacturing unit flooring and racist graffiti within the bogs.
It additionally mentioned the thrice that Diaz complained about harassment, Tesla stepped in and made certain motion was taken by staffing businesses.
The jury awarded Diaz $6.9 million in compensatory damages and $130 million in punitive damages, in accordance with the newspaper.
“Whereas we strongly imagine that these details do not justify the decision reached by the jury in San Francisco, we do acknowledge that in 2015 and 2016 we weren’t excellent,” Tesla mentioned.
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters question asking if it could be interesting the decision. Diaz’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Earlier than the trial started, presiding decide 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.”
Tesla mentioned in its weblog submit that since Diaz labored on the Fremont manufacturing unit it had made modifications together with the institution of groups devoted to investigating worker complaints and to making sure workers had equal alternatives on the firm.
Final 12 months, the electrical carmaker disclosed in its first U.S. variety report that Black workers make up simply 4% of Tesla’s American management roles and 10% of its whole workforce within the nation.
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