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Tesla Racism Trial Juror Says Company Failed To Protect...

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Tesla Racism Trial Juror Says Company Failed To Protect Workers

A Tesla Inc. Supercharger station in a parking lot in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, July 3, 2021. After receiving red-carpet treatment from government officials, who granted Tesla the unprecedented concession of allowing it to wholly control its local subsidiary, the carmaker is now being forced to rethink its strategy, from customer service to public relations, in a market that's key to Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk's long-term ambitions. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
By Bloomberg
06 Oct 2021 2

A member of a jury that awarded former Tesla worker Owen Diaz a staggering $137 million said Tuesday that Tesla uses contract employees as a way to mitigate their own responsibility for the culture within their factories.

The company does that to avoid “taking responsibility for the events and people within their factories,” said the juror, who asked not to be identified. “With the punitive damages we want Tesla to take the most basic preventative measures and precautions they neglected to take as a large corporation to protect any employee within their factory.”

Diaz, a former contract worker who was hired in 2015 through a staffing agency, was subjected to a racially hostile work environment at Tesla’s auto plant in Fremont, California, the jury in San Francisco found Monday. The award is among the most significant verdicts of its kind.

Tesla Ordered to Pay $137 Million Over Racism in Rare Verdict

In a blog post Monday, Tesla said that “Mr. Diaz never worked for Tesla. He was a contract employee who worked for Citistaff.”

“We acknowledge that we still have work to do to ensure that every employee feels that they can bring their whole self to work at Tesla,” said Tesla in the blog post.


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