Tesla fined heavily for racial abuse

Tesla will have to pay about $137 million to one of its black ex-employees for racial abuse.

Tesla fined heavily for racial abuse
Racial abuse

The employee alleged that racial graffiti and pictures were being made around him and left behind. Owen Diaz worked as an elevator driver on contract from 2015 to 2016 at Tesla's factory in the San Francisco Bay Area. He filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that he was exploited there and faced "racial abuse on a daily basis". After hearing the case, the jury accepted that Diaz was indeed racially abused and faced a hostile work area at the factory.

Diaz told that other workers used to make swastika signs, racial graffiti, and pictures at that plant. He had also told that even his supervisor could not stop this misbehavior. He said in the lawsuit, "Tesla's progressive image was a sham to cover up the regressive and degrading treatment of its African-American employees" Diaz left the job in 2016. His lawyer, Lawrence A. Organ, told the Washington Post newspaper that the jury ordered Tesla to pay him $6.9 million for emotional pain and $130 million in punitive damages.

"It took four years to get here," Diaz told the newspaper. If one of the companies has to face the law because of the deplorable conditions of black people at its factory, it becomes a big deal." Whether Tesla would appeal the decision was not immediately clear. Several emails sent to the company did not get any response till the night of Monday 4 October. Prior to this, however, Tesla has denied having any knowledge of the alleged racial treatment at that 10,000-employee plant. Tesla has been accused of workplace problems in the past, but according to company rules, it is mandatory for employees to resolve disputes through arbitration. And only such cases of mediation have happened in which the company has lost. Diaz was contracted through another company and was therefore not required to sign an arbitration agreement. In May, an arbitrator ordered Tesla to pay a former employee more than $1 million in fines for similar allegations. The employee also alleged that her co-workers had used a racial slur for her and that her supervisors had ignored her complaints. The employee also alleged that her co-workers had used a racial slur for her and that her supervisors had ignored her complaints.The employee also alleged that her co-workers had used a racial slur for her and that her supervisors had ignored her complaints