Tesla manages to get $137 million award for racial abuse slashed to $15 million

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Tesla has managed to person a justice to slash the historical $137 cardinal grant it was expected to wage a erstwhile worker arsenic portion of a radical maltreatment suit to $15 million.

Last year, a tribunal ruled against Tesla successful a lawsuit from plaintiff Owen Diaz, who worked astatine the company’s Fremont mill from June 2015 to May 2016 arsenic a declaration idiosyncratic hired by a staffing company, astir what was described arsenic “racial abuse.”

The assemblage awarded $6.9 cardinal successful damages for affectional distress and $130 cardinal successful punitive damages.

Diaz claimed helium worked successful an situation where “daily racist epithets” were common, and helium claims Tesla didn’t bash capable to halt it.

Tesla defended itself against the claims and said that the $137 cardinal grant was not fair.

Now it managed to astatine slightest reverse the grant backmost down to $15 cardinal (via Silicon Valley Business Journal):

U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled successful a 43-page determination that the $137 cardinal awarded to Owen Diaz, a erstwhile elevator relation astatine Tesla’s Fremont factory, would beryllium reduced to astir $15 million, calling parts of the erstwhile magnitude “excessive” and “unconstitutionally large.”

Though that’s not truly what Tesla was aiming for, since the automaker’s lawyers were pushing to bounds compensatory and punitive damages to $300,000 each.

But that mightiness beryllium the champion Tesla tin get arsenic Diaz’s lawyers are readying to entreaty the caller judgement that slashed the grant down to $15 million.

Though it’s not Tesla’s lone contented with lawsuits related to claims of racism.

Earlier this year, Tesla released a blog station titled “The DFEH’s Misguided Lawsuit” in which it warned that the authorities bureau was going to record a suit alleging “systematic radical favoritism and harassment”.

In the post, Tesla argued that the suit was based connected “alleged misconduct by accumulation associates astatine the Fremont mill that took spot betwixt 2015 and 2019.“ The institution besides argued that NFEH didn’t effort to lick the contented without a suit and that successful each of the idiosyncratic cases, they didn’t find Tesla astatine fault.

However, a fewer days later, we got entree to the afloat lawsuit and saw that the allegations were overmuch much serious.

The automaker is expected to beryllium embroiled successful this suit for a agelong time.

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