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Tesla Resolves Racial Discrimination Case with Victorious Black Employee

Tesla Resolves Racial Discrimination Case

Tesla has reached a confidential settlement with Owen Diaz, a Black former employee who won a $3.2 million verdict in a high-profile racism case against the electric vehicle maker. Despite the settlement, legal battles and concerns over Tesla’s workplace culture persist.

Diaz, who worked as an elevator operator at Tesla’s Fremont factory in 2015, testified that he endured racist abuse, including slurs, offensive graffiti, and a racist drawing left in his workspace. His lawsuit alleged a pattern of racial harassment and discrimination against Black workers at the company.

While the settlement terms are undisclosed, Diaz’s attorney, Lawrence Organ, criticized Tesla CEO Elon Musk for failing to address the issue forthrightly. “Why isn’t he stopping this conduct?” Organ questioned, referring to Musk’s silence on the matter despite verdicts totaling over $140 million against Tesla in Diaz’s case.

The settlement comes as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued Tesla, accusing the automaker of tolerating “widespread and ongoing racial harassment” of its Black employees and retaliating against those who opposed the harassment.

Meanwhile, a proposed class-action lawsuit by current and former Tesla employees, Marcus Vaughn v. Tesla Inc., alleges the continuation of racist discrimination and harassment against Black workers at the company.

Musk’s handling of hate speech and misinformation on his social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), has also drawn widespread criticism. Recent reports suggest Musk has shared unverified claims and spread misinformation about racial minorities.

As Tesla aims to position itself as the “factory of the future,” the company faces mounting pressure to address the allegations of a hostile work environment rooted in the past. The settlement with Diaz may provide closure for his case, but the broader concerns over Tesla’s workplace culture remain unresolved.


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