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US jury ordered Tesla to pay $3.5 million to a worker who was subjected to racist harassment

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Elon Musk’s company Tesla has been forced to pay a worker $3.2 million in retaliation for his discriminatory treatment at the business.

A jury in San Francisco ordered Tesla to compensate Owen Diaz, who formerly worked as a lift operator at Tesla.

Diaz worked as a contract worker employed by a staffing organisation at the company’s Fremont facility from June 2015 to May 2016 and witnessed “racist harassment.”

In 2021, a jury sentenced Tesla to pay Diaz $137 million in damages, which was reduced to $15 million in April last year after being deemed “excessive.”

According to The New York Times, the jury has agreed on a $3.7 million settlement after Diaz disputed the judge’s ruling.

Diaz said he worked in an atmosphere with “everyday racial epithets” and that Tesla did not do anything to stop it.

Tesla fought itself against the charges, claiming that the previous $137 million judgement was unjust, and was able to reduce the award to $15 million.

Tesla recently countersued the California Civil Rights Commission (CRD), which had accused the electric carmaker of racial prejudice at its US manufacturing.

The CRD had sued Tesla on charges of “mistreatment, harassment, unfair pay, and a toxic work environment” for Black employees.

In the past, the carmaker has been accused of racial discrimination at its operations.