Tesla zapped with largest ever race verdict.

Don't think that you're immune from discrimination lawsuits from your independent contractors. A jury has ordered Tesla, the electric car maker, to pay a contract worker $137 million for the racial harassment he suffered at the hands of Tesla employees. It is believed to be the largest verdict in U.S. history for an individual claiming race discrimination.

The case serves as a warning for organizations using independent contractors: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 isn't the only anti-discrimination law they need to worry about.

This contract worker sued under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. That law forbids discrimination in...

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