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Tesla ordered to pay over $130 million to Black former worker over racism -WSJ By Reuters


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(Reuters) – A federal jury on Monday has ordered Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc to pay more than $130 million in damages to a Black former worker named Owen Diaz, finding he was subjected to a racially hostile work environment, the Wall Street Journal reported

A jury found that Diaz, who was employed as an elevator operator in Tesla’s Fremont plant in 2015 and 2016, had been racially harassed.

Reuters reached Tesla’s lawyers but they did not respond immediately to a request. Diaz’s legal team also didn’t respond to a request.

William Orrick was the presidency judge in the case. Orrick said that Tesla tried to exclude one juror. Orrick also stated that his belief was that Tesla had intentionally discriminated against him.

The electric carmaker revealed last year in its first U.S. diversity survey that Black employees comprise just 4% of Tesla’s American leadership positions and 10% of its entire workforce.

Hearings were held at the U.S District Court Northern District of California.

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