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Ex-Tesla Worker in Racism Case Turns Down Jury Award After Judge Cuts It 89%

  • Judge had cut $137 million jury award to $15 milllion
  • Owen Diaz to seek a new trial in Tesla racial abuse case
Former Tesla contractor Owen Diaz, right.

Former Tesla contractor Owen Diaz, right.

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

A former Tesla Inc. contractor has refused to accept $15 million in damages over racist abuse he was subjected to at the electric vehicle maker’s northern California factory after a judge drastically slashed a $137 million jury verdict.

Owen Diaz on Tuesday told US District Judge William Orrick that he won’t agree to the the 89% cut. Instead, Diaz plans to seek a new trial, his lawyer Larry Organ said.