Tesla Faces $137m New Race Bias Trial

By yusuf Balogun 2022

The American electric vehicles giant, Tesla has faced a new race bias trial from an employee who had a $137 million verdict slashed. 

Diaz sued Tesla for causing him emotional distress under a California law prohibiting employers from failing to prevent hostile work environments.

The jury in 2021 awarded Diaz nearly $7 million in compensatory damages for emotional distress and $130 million in punitive damages. 

Last year, a judge slashed the $137 million verdict that the jury awarded in 2021 to plaintiff Owen Diaz, one of the largest ever in a U.S. workplace discrimination case. 

After the 2021 trial, U.S. District Judge William Orrick agreed with a jury that Tesla was liable for race discrimination but cut the verdict to $15 million. 

San Francisco federal court  will determine how much  money Tesla must pay to a  Black worker subjected to  severe racial harassment while working at the EV plant.