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SpaceX is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that the company pays women and minority employees less than their white and male colleagues.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by SpaceX engineer Ashley Foltz, who says she was hired at a salary of $92,000, even though men with similar or less experience were offered as much as $115,000. According to her LinkedIn, Ashley was hired in September 2022 as a propulsion engineer. She did not immediately respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment.

According to the complaint, Foltz learned about the salary discrepancies when a new California law went into effect requiring employers to include pay scale in their job postings. The salary range for her job was $95,000 to $115,000, so SpaceX gave her a raise – but only to the lowest end of the band.

The lawsuit further alleged that job titles – like “technical writer” versus “engineer 1” – are used as a way to pay women and minorities lower pay. For example, these groups “are forced to work as engineers under a different title of technical writer” and are subsequently paid less, the complaint says. Promotion rates also differ between woman and minorities and their white and male peers, it says.

This is not the first time claims of discriminatory hiring and promotion practices have been lobbed at SpaceX. In August, the U.S. Department of Justice brought a suit against the company for allegedly discriminating against asylum recipients and refugees in hiring under the guise of adhering to export control laws

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SpaceX is facing a class action lawsuit filed by engineer Ashley Foltz, alleging that the company pays women and minority employees less than their white and male counterparts. Foltz claims that she was hired at a salary of $92,000, while men with similar or less experience were offered up to $115,000. The lawsuit highlights that Foltz became aware of the salary discrepancies when a new California law mandated employers to disclose pay scales in job postings. Although SpaceX increased Foltz’s salary, it was only to the lowest end of the salary range. The complaint further contends that job titles are used as a means to pay women and minorities lower wages, with these groups being assigned titles like “technical writer” instead of “engineer 1” and subsequently receiving lower pay. The lawsuit also notes disparities in promotion rates between women and minorities compared to their white and male peers. This is not the first time SpaceX has faced allegations of discriminatory practices, as the company was previously sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against asylum recipients and refugees in hiring.