Black ex-Tesla worker who claimed racial abuse awarded $137M

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FILE – This Feb. 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. Tesla says it delivered 241,300 electric vehicles in the third quarter in 2021, even as it wrestled with a global shortage of computer chips that has hit the entire auto industry. The Palo Alto, California, company’s sales from July through September beat Wall Street estimates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury in San Francisco says Tesla must pay nearly $137 million to a Black former worker who said he suffered racial abuse at the electric carmaker’s San Francisco Bay Area factory.

The jury in San Francisco agreed Monday that Owen Diaz was subjected to racial harassment and a hostile work environment. Diaz was an elevator operator at the Fremont factory in 2015 and 2016.

He alleged that he faced daily harassment from co-workers, including use of the “N-word,” and that swastikas and racist graffiti and drawings were put up at the plant.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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