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Tesla Wants Plant Worker’s Racial Abuse Retrial on Its Terms

Tesla electric vehicles parked outside the company's factory in Fremont, California.

Tesla electric vehicles parked outside the company's factory in Fremont, California.

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Tesla Inc. says a retrial in a high-profile racial discrimination case should start from scratch with an ex-worker required to prove he was subject to abusive slurs at a company factory.

A lawyer for the company argued in a filing that it would be unfair and unconstitutional for the new jury in a case brought by former elevator operator Owen Diaz to be told that company wrongdoing has already been proven and only monetary damages need to be decided.