Tesla has been ordered by a federal jury to pay greater than $130 million (roughly Rs. 970 crores) in damages to a Black former employee named Owen Diaz, discovering he was subjected to a racially hostile work atmosphere, the Wall Avenue Journal reported.
The jury decided that the corporate did not take affordable steps to forestall Diaz, a contract employee who labored as an elevator operator at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility in 2015 and 2016, from being racially harassed, the newspaper added.
Tesla and its attorneys didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark. Diaz’s legal professionals additionally didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Earlier than the trial started, presiding decide William Orrick rejected efforts by Tesla to exclude one juror from the jury, saying he believed the try was primarily based on race and “purposefully discriminatory.”
Final yr, the electrical carmaker disclosed in its first US range report that Black staff make up simply 4 p.c of Tesla’s American management roles and 10 p.c of its whole workforce within the nation.
The trial was heard on the US District Court docket, Northern District of California.
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