A former black Tesla employee who said he was harassed and confronted with “daily racist epithets” including the “N word” while working at the company’s factory in Fremont, Calif., has rejected a substantially reduced $15 million compensation. in your process.
Owen Diaz, who worked at the Tesla factory in 2015 and 2016 as a contract elevator operator before leaving, originally received $6.9 million in emotional distress damages and $130 million in punitive damages in the case.
A judge cut the amount by nearly 90% to $15 million, which Diaz refused, according to a court filing. Diaz’s rejection of the award could mean a retrial in the case.
Diaz claimed that employees drew swastikas and left racist graffiti and drawings around the factory and that supervisors failed to stop the abuse.
A Tesla representative could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night.