Tesla Ordered To Pay $137 Million To Former Worker | Thomas Martin

Owen Diaz, a former Tesla employee who worked as an elevator operator at the company’s Fremont factory for nine months from 2015 to 2016, was recently awarded a $137 million settlement as compensation for the racial abuse he experienced during his tenure.

He was called racial epithets by coworkers, told to “go back to Africa”, and saw racist graffiti in the bathrooms. The jury found that Tesla had not taken reasonable steps to prevent racial harassment in the workplace.

The jury sided with the plaintiff on all claims and ordered Tesla to pay Diaz $6.9 million in compensatory damages and $130 million in punitive damages — far above what his attorneys requested.

Tesla Ordered To Pay $137 Million To Former Worker | Thomas Martin