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Case Number: 3:17-cv-06748-WHO
Judge: William H. Orrick
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco County)
Defendant's Attorney: Daniel C. Posner, Kathleen Marie Sullivan, Brett David Young, L. Julius M. Turman, Reanne Swafford-Harris,
Description: San Francisco, California employment law lawyers represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendants on civil rights job discrimination theories.
Plaintiff, a former African America elevator operator, worked for Tesla. He claimed that Defendants "ignored racial epithets and graffiti that created a hostile work environment. The plaintiff, who was contracted to work through a staffing agency in 2015 and 2016, claimed that he was forced to quit because he was subjected to "daily racist epithets," including the N-word, as well as swastika drawings and other racist graffiti at a Tesla plant in the San Francisco Bay Area. The plaintiff said supervisors did not curb the behavior. Tesla did not comment on the verdict but has previously denied knowing about alleged racist conduct at the Bay Area plant." SHRM
We do recognize that in 2015 and 2016 we were not perfect," then-Vice President of People Valerie Capers Workman wrote. "We're still not perfect." Workman added, "we will continue to remind everyone who enters the Tesla workplace that any discriminatory slurs—no matter the intent or who is using them—will not be tolerated."
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $137 million reduced to $13.5 million.