- Former Tesla worker awarded $136.9m by a jury after his claims of racist behavior from bosses.
- “I didn’t sign the arbitration agreement,” Diaz explained. “These companies are using arbitration to effectively turn workers into slaves.”
- $6.9m of the payout is for compensatory damages, and the remaining $130m is for punitive damages.
The former employee, Owen Diaz, was awarded the money on Monday.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” he told The Daily Beast. “The jury knew that this is not just for me, this verdict is for everybody that works at Tesla. This is their way of putting Elon Musk on notice.”
Mr Diaz is black and says that the company didn’t take action against racism in the workplace.
“[I] had supervisors telling me, ‘N****r, hurry up and push the button’, ‘N****r, push these batteries out of the elevator.’ And they were also telling me, ‘N*****s aren’t shit,’” Mr Diaz said…”
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