PHOENIX, Oct 5 (Xinhua) -- A federal jury in California on Monday ruled that Tesla had subjected former black employee Owen Middot Diaz to racially hostile work conditions and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent racial harassment, ordering the company to pay Diaz nearly $137 million in damages.
Diaz worked as an elevator operator at Tesla from June 2015 to May 2016. He claims in the complaint that he encountered racist abuse, discrimination and harassment at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant, including everyday racist modifiers such as. Diaz said in the lawsuit that the workers encountered scenes "directly from the Jim-Middot;Crow era." From 1876 to 1965, the United States introduced the Jim Middot; In those days, workers were often racially harassed, but the supervisors were indifferent.
"Tesla's progressive image is a layer of façade that masks its regressive and degrading treatment of African-American employees." The lawsuit says.
Lawrence A. Organ, a lawyer with the California Civil Rights Law Group, an employment law firm, confirmed the ruling Monday. Of the $137 million in damages, $6.9 million was for emotional depression and another $130 million for punitive damages, he said.
Tesla is likely to appeal. Tracey Kennedy, a Tesla lawyer from the law firm Shengzhi, has yet to comment. Tesla has yet to comment. (Author/Yu Yu)
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