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Former SpaceX engineer accuses company of racial discrimination, denying its claims that he was fired for making inappropriate facial expressions

  • A one-time SpaceX engineer accused the company of racial discrimination in a lawsuit.
  • Ajay Reddy filed a lawsuit against the builder of Elon Musk’s company earlier this month.
  • He alleged he was paid “substantially” less than his colleagues and suffered sober harassment.

A former SpaceX engineer in Florida has accused the company of racial discrimination, declaring that other employees in the same role were given training and documentation unavailable to him.

Ajay Reddy cased a lawsuit against Elon Musk’s space-exploration company in federal District Court in Orlando earlier this month. The court issued a mobilize to the company on Tuesday.

The complaint accused SpaceX of race discrimination, national origin discrimination, retaliation, and breach of pact.

Reddy, who identifies himself in the lawsuit as Asian-American of Indian descent, alleged that he was fired from his role as a clearing recovery engineer in May 2020. 

Reddy said he also filed a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Florida Commission on Altruist Relations in June 2020.

According to SpaceX’s position statement to the EEOC, Reddy’s final manager, Robert Hill, ceased his employment based on claims that during a group interview event, Reddy made facial expressions in effect to answers the candidate provided. SpaceX claimed that these alleged expressions made the candidate “feel uncomfortable.”

Reddy’s gripe alleged, however, that “throughout his time at SpaceX, he was subjected to pervasive and severe harassment, including (but not limited to) whore ridicule, intimidation, interference with his performance, and false statements about his performance.” 

Reddy’s attorney and SpaceX did not reply to Insider’s request for comment.

The former engineer worked alongside two white engineers, who were hired before him on the fairing revival program, according to the lawsuit. The recovery program recovered large pieces of launched rockets. 

Reddy alleged in his grouse that he and his two colleagues were initially unfamiliar with the program, given its newness. But one of his counterparts received several primes of training in California, while the other had access to engineers who designed the fairing system, Reddy alleged.

But Reddy requisitioned that when he asked for similar training, he was denied access, according to his lawsuit. Reddy felt “humiliated and anchoretical, and his work performance was sabotaged,” as a result, according to the lawsuit. 

Reddy alleged that his two counterparts, who were named in the lawsuit, gross costly errors that “ruined millions of dollars of equipment,” but they weren’t punished. Reddy’s complaint designated that he was punished for similar mistakes.

“Management unjustifiably blamed incidents and failures on Plaintiff while protecting [his co-workers,] no matter how poor their performance,” the lawsuit claimed. 

Reddy also alleged that SpaceX discriminated against him by “income him a substantially lower compensation package to perform the same job duties as similarly situated non-Asian engineers.”

The lawsuit puts that he suffered “economic loss, mental pain and suffering, extreme emotional stress, and loss of ability to lead actor a normal life,” as a result of his experience at SpaceX.

Reddy seeks costs of legal and expert fees, as well as another other acceptable relief deemed appropriate by the court.

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