Eight SpaceX Employees Say They Were Fired For Speaking Up Against Elon Musk

U.S. labor law prohibits employers from firing workers who band together to advocate for better working conditions.

Eight SpaceX Employees Say They Were Fired For Speaking Up Against Elon Musk
The employees claimed Musk’s conduct did not align with the company’s policies on diversity and workplace misconduct. (Reuters)

EIGHT former employees of SpaceX have filed unfair labor practice charges against the rocket maker, alleging they were let go for speaking up against CEO and founder Elon Musk.

The employees said on Thursday they were fired for being part of a group that had drafted and circulated a letter in June criticizing Musk and urging executives to make the firm's culture more inclusive.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reuters reported in June that SpaceX fired at least five employees after it found their involvement in the letter which called Musk a "distraction and embarrassment" to the company.

The charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board allege that the owner of Starlink broadband service fired five employees the day after the letter was revealed, and four others in the two months after.

While two of the employees filed charges on their own, attorneys Anne Shaver and Laurie Burgess filed charges on behalf of six others, who are proceeding anonymously, the statement said.

U.S. labor law prohibits employers from firing workers who band together to advocate for better working conditions. When the NLRB finds that firings violated the law, it can order that workers be reinstated and given back pay.

Musk, also the head of electric-car maker Tesla Inc, has been in the headlines over his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter and attempts to remake the social media company after he warned of a potential bankruptcy.

The employees claimed Musk’s conduct did not align with the company’s policies on diversity and workplace misconduct. They called on SpaceX to publicly condemn Musk’s comments and to more clearly define the type of conduct prohibited by company policy.

Musk, also the head of electric-car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has been in the headlines over his acquisition of Twitter and attempts to rejig the social media firm, after he warned of a potential bankruptcy.

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