A federal decide in California on Monday ordered a brand new trial for damages Tesla Inc. owes a former African-American manufacturing unit employee who accused the corporate of racial discrimination after he rejected $15 million in damages. .
US District Choose William Orrick in San Francisco granted Tesla’s movement for a brand new trial every week after former elevator operator Owen Diaz mentioned he wouldn’t settle for the decide’s award.
Tesla and Diaz’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Final October, a jury awarded Diaz $137 million, one of many largest verdicts in a discrimination case involving a single employee. Orrick mentioned in April that Tesla was liable to Diaz for discrimination, however mentioned the award was extreme and decreased it to $15 million.
Diaz’s attorneys mentioned final week that the decrease award was unfair and undermined his constitutional rights.
Orrick didn’t set a date for the brand new trial, however scheduled a convention for July 12.
In his 2017 lawsuit, Diaz alleged that his colleagues and a supervisor at Tesla’s meeting plant in Fremont, California subjected him to a hostile work surroundings that included racist slurs, caricatures and swastikas.
Tesla is dealing with a sequence of lawsuits involving alleged pervasive racial discrimination and sexual harassment on the Fremont manufacturing unit, together with one from a California civil rights company.
This month, a Tesla shareholder filed a lawsuit accusing the corporate’s CEO, Elon Musk, and the board of administrators of ignoring employee complaints and fostering a poisonous office tradition.
Tesla has denied any wrongdoing and says it has insurance policies in place to forestall and tackle office misconduct.