Los Angeles, CA For three summers, former SpaceX intern Julia Crowley-Farenga alleged that she was sexually assaulted. In her California labor lawsuit, the (now) NASA engineer claims she was dismissed for filing a sexual harassment complaint with the human resources department of the Elon Musk rocket company.
The August 21 lawsuit alleges that, according to Business Insider, manager Erik Palitsch made "undesirable advances," including long meetings (up to two hours while male interns were given 30 minutes each) and "possessive and jealous" Behavior.
According to her lawsuit, she told Human Resources that Palitsch said, "You are one of a kind, I could spend the rest of my life trying to figure you out" and "Be careful who you speak to, people might get the wrong impression. Why are you." here."
Julia Crowley-Farenga worked under the same management for all three summers from 2015 to 2017. After Crowley-Farenga reported harassment to HR in 2017, he met with Will Heltsley, vice president of the powertrain division, who admitted that "problematic behavior" was definitely going on. Heltsley offered her a transfer to another team, and Crowley-Farenga accepted and understood that she had no choice but to accept Palitsch or continue to work with him. But that choice turned out to be just as bad – or worse. (Erik Palitsch conveniently left SpaceX in 2018 and started his own company.)
According to her lawsuit, Crowley-Farenga received five outstanding performance reviews, but after three summers the sixth was negative, despite frequent requests for feedback and learning that she was "fine." When she applied for a full-time position after graduating from college, Crowley-Farenga was told that the position would be given to someone with more experience. "However, she later learned that Heltsley had prevented her from being hired," the lawsuit said.
"Around January 2018, Heltsley told Crowley-Farenga that she had not received an offer because of poor performance, but was still eligible for reinstatement," the lawsuit said. A senior engineer in her department said there was no indication that she would not get the job.
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The misconduct (i.e. gender-based complaints) was carried out or confirmed by the company's executives including Palitsch, Heltsley, and others. The lawsuit accusing the managers:
- willfully disregard the plaintiff's right to be free from unlawful discrimination and retaliation
- Conduct that shows a persistent indifference to the law and the rights of the plaintiff
- Intent to cause emotional and financial harm to the claimant.
The NASA engineer is now seeking legal action for damages to cover "emotional injuries, including nervousness, humiliation, depression, anxiety, embarrassment, anxiety, shock, pain, discomfort, fatigue, and anxiety" from the SpaceX experience.
The lawsuit is Julia CrowleyFarenga v Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Case Number 20STCV32031, in the California Supreme Court, Los Angeles. The plaintiff is calling for a lawsuit.