04. 04. 2023
Electric car maker Tesla has been ordered to pay more than $3 million in damages in a racial harassment lawsuit filed against the company. The case was filed by a former employee who claimed he was subjected to racial slurs and harassment while working at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.
The plaintiff, who is African-American, alleged that co-workers repeatedly called him the N-letter and that he reported the incidents to his superiors, but no action was taken. He also alleged that he was subjected to racist graffiti in the workplace and that the company failed to provide a safe, harassment-free work environment.
After a three-week trial, an Alameda County Superior Court jury found Tesla liable for racial harassment and failure to prevent harassment. The jury awarded the plaintiff $1.6 million in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.
In response to the verdict, Tesla released a statement saying it takes discrimination and harassment seriously and has policies and procedures in place to prevent and combat such behavior. The company also said it disagrees with the verdict and plans to appeal.
This isn’t the first time Tesla has faced accusations of discrimination and harassment. In 2017, three former employees filed a lawsuit alleging that they were subjected to racial slurs and that the company ignored their complaints. In 2018, the company settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
The verdict in this case sends a clear message to companies that they have an obligation to provide a safe, harassment-free work environment and that they will be held accountable if they fail to do so. It also highlights the need for companies to take preventive measures to prevent discrimination and harassment, and to ensure that their policies and procedures are effective in addressing these issues.