Tesla is challenging a federal court ruling that ordered it to pay nearly $137 million (£101.5m) to a black former employee who it says is involved in the racist behavior of owners at the company’s California factory. was the subject.
The company founded by Elon Musk has claimed the amount is “staggering” and called on a judge to step in and reconsider the decision. The company said compensation should be reduced to $600,000 (about £445,000) – half for emotional distress damages and the rest for punitive damages.
That’s a tiny fraction, compared to the $130m in punitive damages Tesla has offered to pay, as decided by a jury in a court case in October. bloomberg informed of.
Owen Diaz, a contracted elevator operator at the company, said during a hearing on October 4 that his former owners at the California factory did not act against his complaints of workplace racism.
,[I] Supervisors told me, ‘N*****, hurry up and push the button’, ‘N*****, push these batteries out of the elevator’. And they were also telling me, ‘N*****s are not shit,’” Mr. Diaz said in October.
He said his coworkers left racist caricatures around the workplace, scratched a racial slur in a bathroom stall, and told him to “go back to Africa.”
A San Francisco court had ruled that Tesla would have to pay $6.9m in compensatory damages and the remaining $130m in punitive damages.
It is believed to be one of the largest jury-ordered payments in US history for an individual plaintiff in a racial discrimination case.
Tesla said in a court filing that while the jury believed the company “could and should have done more to root out perceived racism at the factory”, the award “simply cannot stand”. .
“This is an award without precedent in US anti-discrimination law,” the company said in a filing on November 16. “It equally dwarfs the rewards – and even in the most severe – cases. And it has nothing to do with the anecdotal evidence of the trial.”
A juror in the case said the $130m awarded in punitive damages was meant to give Tesla executives “the most basic deterrent measures and precautions they have taken as a large corporation to protect any workers within their factory”. neglected to take in”.
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