Tesla Inc. subjected a Black former worker to a racially hostile work environment and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent him from being racially harassed, a federal jury found Monday.
The eight-person jury awarded more than $130 million in damages to Owen Diaz, who worked as an elevator operator at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., factory in 2015 and 2016.
He was regularly called racial epithets at work, where he saw racist images and language written in the bathroom and elsewhere, said Bernard Alexander, one of his attorneys, during the trial. …
Tracey Kennedy, an attorney for Tesla, … said in her closing argument that there was no evidence that a Tesla employee harassed Mr. Diaz and that the company shouldn’t be held liable for the treatment Mr. Diaz alleged. Many workers at Tesla’s factory are contractors employed through staffing agencies. …
Tesla denied in a court filing that it was aware of the alleged discriminatory and harassing behavior and didn’t take action to protect Black employees.
Black employee at Tesla rewarded $130M (sic!) because people were allegedly (no evidence) racist to him.
Hire Blacks meritocratically? Get sued on disparate impact grounds.
Hire Blacks to tick the diversity boxes? Get repaid with absurd lawsuits.
I have often noted that it seems that a disproportionate percentage of the world’s most interesting developments in technology accrue to the American commercial sector, which is notably much more competent than its government. IMO, America’s single biggest advantage is that it retains a “can do” spirit that it is thoroughly lacking in modern Europe (China does have it, but it is more constrained by conformism). And yet, there’s probably limits to how much Woke abuse even the vigorous US private sector can withstand before collapsing into mediocrity. We’ll see.
Isn’t that so in tune with the times? Get actual physical injuries — say from being hit by a driver who is totally at fault — and you get a few thousand dollars. But being black and getting called names? Well, never have to work again, a life of luxury for you, your children and your grandchildren.
What an inducement for fraud. And what an encouragement not to hire blacks.