Tesla Faces Verdict Uphold in Racial Harassment Case

In a closely-watched legal battle involving electric car giant Tesla, the court has ruled against the possibility of a third trial, reports Reuters.

Owen Diaz, an ex-employee at 's Fremont, factory, had spotlighted the company's workplace environment by alleging severe racial discrimination. Detailing his experiences, Diaz spoke of racial slurs and offensive graffiti during his tenure as an elevator operator.

Diaz's legal representatives contended that during a five-day trial earlier this year, Tesla's attorneys posed inappropriate questions, unfoundedly alleged a witness was untruthful, and presented the jury with deceptive statements.

The outcome? A San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge, William Orrick, chose to affirm a $3.2 million verdict awarded to Diaz by a jury this past April. Tesla's hopes of having the amount reduced were dashed.

But this isn't Diaz's first rodeo with the legal system concerning the matter. In 2021, another jury granted him a whopping $137 million. However, Judge Orrick opined that this sum was excessive. Consequently, a second trial had to be ordered when Diaz declined Tesla's offer to settle at $15 million.

It appears that Tesla's legal challenges continue, emphasizing the pressing importance of workplace equity and inclusion in modern enterprises.


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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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