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A black ex-Tesla worker who said he was harassed and confronted with ‘daily racist epithets’, including the ‘N-word’, while working at the Fremont, Calif. plant, has dramatically rejected compensation reduced by $15 million in his lawsuit.

Owen Diaz, who worked at the Tesla factory in 2015 and 2016 as a contract elevator operator before quitting, was initially awarded $6.9 million in damages for emotional distress and $130 million punitive damages in this case.

A judge reduced that by nearly 90% to $15 million, which Diaz refused, according to a court filing. Diaz’s rejection of the award could mean a new trial in the case.

Diaz had alleged that employees drew swastikas and left racist graffiti and drawings around the plant and that supervisors failed to stop the abuse.

A Tesla representative could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

The Associated Press


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