Tesla accused of racism, will have to pay 3.2 million to an employee

Tesla was ordered by a San Francisco jury to pay a former employee $3.2 million. According to what has been ascertained, in fact, the company would not have protected the worker, a victim of racist behavior inside the Silicon Valley factory.

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A verdict that paradoxically can be considered benevolent for the automaker, if it is true that initially the amount due to Owen Diaz, the African-American elevator operator who had sued the company, had been indicated by the judge as 137 million dollars, a figure subsequently drastically reduced. Diaz was an elevator worker at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant between June 2015 and July 2016, and said he was repeatedly subjected to racial abuse and a hostile work environment, according to the ruling filed in court. In his lawsuit, filed in 2017, Diaz said that African-American employees of the factory, where his son also worked, were routinely the target of racist epithets and gestures of contempt. Despite complaints to supervisors, Tesla took no action. A vice president of human resources at Tesla downplayed the allegations of racist abuse but acknowledged that Tesla “wasn’t perfect” when Diaz worked there. The company also said that the situation has since changed for the better.