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Tesla’s 15 million settlement rejected by former Black employee

by Ezekiel J. Walker
Tesla's 15 million settlement rejected by former Black employee
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On Tuesday Owen Diaz, a Black former elevator operator at Tesla’s flagship California assembly plant on Tuesday rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit alleging racial abuse by coworkers. In turn, this could potentially open the door for a new trial after a judge slashed a $137 million jury verdict, per NBC News.

Lawyers for Diaz, who had sued Tesla five years ago, turned down the judge’s award in a brief filing in federal court in San Francisco. They said in a statement that the award was unjust and would not deter future misconduct by Tesla.

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“In rejecting the court’s excessive reduction by asking for a new trial, Mr. Diaz is again asking a jury of his peers to evaluate what Tesla did to him and to provide just compensation for the torrent of racist slurs that was directed at him,” his lawyers said.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick lowered the jury award, which was one of the largest of its kind in a discrimination lawsuit, to $15 million in April. He had also denied Tesla’s motion for a new trial, conditioned on Diaz’s acceptance of the lower award.

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Earlier this month the judge denied Diaz’s motion for permission to appeal that ruling and gave him two weeks to accept the lower award or agree to a new trial per NBC News.

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2 comments

DARRELL DISHMAN SR. June 23, 2022 - 1:50 am

AMEN, BLESS HIM AND GIVE HIM JUSTIC…ACIREMA 2022

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