Jury Awards Former Tesla Worker $137 Million in Race Bias Suit

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A federal district judge ordered Tesla to pay a black former elevator operator $137 million in damages on his claim that the electric carmaker ignored racial epithets and graffiti that created a hostile work environment.

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The jury awarded $6.9 million to the plaintiff for emotional distress and $130 million in punitive damages, according to an attorney for the plaintiff. Punitive damages are meant to punish the company for egregious conduct and deter the company, as well as other employers, from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

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