Tesla wants new trial over extent of alleged ‘Jim Crow era’ racism at California factory
Cars are lined up near the Tesla Motors factory complex in Fremont, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. - LiPo Ching/San Jose Mercury News/TNS

Tesla in a new court filing has cast doubt on the extent of racism at its Fremont, California, factory and whether a Black former worker suffered racism-based distress, the latest long-running lawsuit alleging that attitudes at the plant recalled the “Jim Crow era” in U.S. history. Former Tesla contractor Owen Diaz, a Black man who worked as an elevator operator in the electric car plant in 2015 and 2016, claimed in his 2017 lawsuit that he and other Black workers were called racial slurs on a daily basis, that he was told to “go back to Africa” and that he was subjected to “vitriolic racial h...