Black ex-Tesla worker who claims he was racially abused every day, is awarded $137million payout

Black ex-Tesla worker who claims he was racially abused every day, is awarded $137million payout



A black ex-Tesla worker who claims he was racially abused every day at the electric carmaker´s San Francisco Bay Area factory in California has been awarded nearly $137 million payout.



The jury in San Francisco agreed that Owen Diaz was subjected to racial harassment and a hostile work environment.



Diaz's lawsuit described the Fremont, California, plant, as a 'hotbed of racist behavior' where he was subjected to daily racist abuse including the N-word, over a course of 11 months from 2015 to 2016.



The 52-year-old contracted elevator operator claimed fellow employees drew swastikas and left racist graffiti around the plant, while he said one of his supervisors drew a person with a black face and a bone in his hair and wrote 'booo,' short for 'jigaboo.' The supervisor then allegedly told him 'he couldn't take a joke' when Diaz confronted him. Diaz contended that none of his supervisors stepped in to stop the abuse.



It's the second time this year a black former employee has won a payout from Tesla in a discrimination suit.



'Tesla´s progressive image was a fa├žade papering over its regressive, demeaning treatment of African-American employees,' the lawsuit said.


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