A Black former Tesla worker, who said he was the victim of racial abuse, rejected a $15 million award after the amount was drastically reduced by a judge.
Owen Diaz, who worked as an elevator operator at Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California, said he was faced with “daily racist epithets,” including the “N-word.”
He was originally awarded $6.9 million in damages for emotional distress and $130 million in punitive damages in the case.
A judge slashed that by nearly 90% to $15 million.
Diaz’s rejection of the award could mean a new trial in the case.
Diaz had alleged that employees drew swastikas and left racist graffiti and drawings around the plant and that supervisors failed to stop the abuse.
A representative for Tesla could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.