California Sues Tesla For Racial Discrimination

The company has been accused of segregating employees.

Back in October, Tesla was ordered to pay a Black contractor over a racial abuse lawsuit. Now, the state of California is suing Tesla for their treatment of Black employees.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by Kevin Kish, the head of the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The suit states  that the department “found evidence that Tesla’s Fremont factory is a racially segregated workplace where Black workers are subjected to racial slurs and discriminated against in job assignments, discipline, pay, and promotion creating a hostile work environment.”

Before the lawsuit was filed, Tesla said in a statement about the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, “Attacking a company like Tesla that has done so much good for California should not be the overriding aim of a state agency with prosecutorial authority.”

Tesla has not released a statement since the lawsuit has been filed.

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There have been several accusation of racial discrimination at Telsa, according to the Associated Press. On Oct. 4,  an eight-person federal jury awarded Owen Diaz nearly $137 million in damages for racist incidents he suffered in 2015 and 2016 while working at Tesla’s plant in Fremont, Calif, according to Autoweek. The award combined $6.9 million in compensatory damages and $130 million in punitive damages.

Diaz, an elevator operator, said co-workers, including a supervisor, repeatedly used a racial slur toward him. He endured racist graffiti in the bathroom and derogatory caricatures of Black children in the workplace.

He accused Tesla of largely ignoring his complaints.

“It took four long years to get to this point. It’s like a big weight has been pulled off my shoulders,” Diaz told The New York Times after the verdict.

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