- A man, Owen Diaz, has been paid for the racial abuse he suffered while working for Tesla, where he witnessed the derogatory treatment of blacks
- The court ruled in his favour, and Owen was given the sum of $137 million (Ghc830,151,157) as money for the stress he has been through and damages
- Many people who reacted to his story jokingly said that they would not mind being treated shabbily for such a payout
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A 52-year-old man, Owen Diaz, who worked as an elevator operator in Tesla, said that he faced racial abuse in the company while he was a staff.
While working with Tesla, the man found cartoons that had a bad portrayal of black children. When he told his supervisors, they downplayed it and told him he “couldn’t take a joke.”, Labible reports.
Owen won the case
A part of the man’s lawsuit against the company said that Tesla’s progressive posturing starkly contrasts with how shabbily it treats its African-American workers.
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After a long four-hour deliberation, a jury finally ruled in his favour. Lawrence Organ, Owen’s lawyer, said that it is a great thing one of the biggest corporations in America is made to face justice for the way it treats black people.
Take millions for your stress
Awarding him $137 million (Ghc830,151,157), Owen was given $7 million (Ghc42,339,451) for the emotional stress he has suffered and $130m (Ghc786,304,090) was for punitive damages.
When the story was shared on Instagram, people had a lot to say about it. At the time of writing this report, it had gathered over 150,000 likes with several comments.
Below are some of the reactions:
"For 137 million you can call me whatever you like."
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"I don't work at Tesla but I think they abused me too."
youssefokab reacted funnily:
"Bro that’s 4 times more than what squid games is offering."
"Racism is expensive. Both literally and figuratively - if it’s not costing lives, it’s costing millions."
"His future generations gonna be so glad bro they sorted out for life."
A man amazed by Tesla
Meanwhile,YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a Facebook user identified as Ayo Ojeniyi shared a video of a Yoruba man admiring his new Telsa electric car as he made a user review.
In the clip, the Nigerian man spoke in his native language as he gave a tour of the vehicle, telling people he wanted them to know the car is real.
Opening the back of the car, the man showed that there is enough space for luggage. He went ahead to the front of the vehicle where engines are normally placed but it was empty, nothing like other cars.