"Space Exploration Technologies Corp. employees on Monday launched a putative class action suit in California court accusing it of fostering a racist working environment in which certain workers were subjected to slurs and passed over for promotions, making this the third employee suit to befall the rocket manufacturer in less than a month."
Marc's note: I reached out to SpaceX for a comment on this new lawsuit. Here's the response from John Taylor their Communications Director.
"SpaceX rejects these allegations and will vigorously defend itself in court. At SpaceX, we don't care about your gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age or anything else of that nature--to succeed here, the only requirement is to work hard and produce outstanding results.
"Earlier this year SpaceX completed its annual review cycle and as a result of those reviews, approximately 4% of our workforce were let go. Given the ambitious goals of the company, the standards for work performance at SpaceX are very high. It is critical that all employees meet this standard."
"SpaceX is committed not only to providing an awesome work environment where employees do exciting and meaningful work, but also to ensuring that everyone pulls their own weight and is held accountable for failing to do so. Unfortunately some people who succeed at other companies do not succeed here.
"Developing the technology to put human life on Mars requires the best efforts of a uniquely talented team. SpaceX continues to seek out the best and brightest individuals across all disciplines, with an expected net positive employee growth in 2014 of approximately 20 percent."