SpaceX employees file unfair labor charges alleging they were fired for criticizing Musk

Posted on November 18, 2022Comments Off on SpaceX employees file unfair labor charges alleging they were fired for criticizing Musk

Former SpaceX employees who say they were fired for writing an open letter criticizing the behavior of CEO Elon Musk have now filed unfair labor practice charges against the company.The eight employees filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, alleging their firings were retaliatory and illegal under the National Labor Relations Act.”The employees were fired for being part of a larger group that drafted a letter to SpaceX’s executive team expressing concern about recent allegations of sexual harassment by CEO Elon Musk, and his harmful behavior on Twitter that hurt the company’s reputation and also the company culture,” said a statement from the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, which is representing the employees. TWITTER CONTROVERSY:Elon Musk is making automakers uncomfortable on TwitterRICHEST PERSON ON EARTH:Elon Musk’s net worth cut nearly in half as Tesla stock prices diveFive employees were fired the day after the letter came out in June, while four more were fired over the next couple of months. Two employees, Tom Moline and Paige Holland-Thielen, filed charges on their own while the law firm filed charges on behalf of six other employees who wished to remain anonymous. What was the letter about?According to previous reporting by the New York Times, the open letter that was shared internally with SpaceX leadership in June said that Musk’s behavior online was “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment.”Multiple claims about poor culture at SpaceX proceeded the letter being drafted including a former employee publishing an essay in December that described being harassed and groped by co-workers with no action by the company.It also contained the revelation that SpaceX paid $250,000 to a company flight attendant in 2018 after she accused Musk of exposing himself and offering her a horse in exchange for sex. ‘MASSIVE DROP IN REVENUE’:Musk blames activists for Twitter’s woes amid mass layoffsMusk took to Twitter to say the flight attendant incident “never happened” and also posted jokes about horses and sexual favors. The letter called on SpaceX to take appropriate remedial action including condemning Musk’s harmful Twitter behavior, holding leadership accountable, and seeking uniform definition and enforcement of SpaceX’s “No A—hole” policy, according to the employees’ law firm. The letter was shared internally within SpaceX and called for other employees to to endorse the recommendations.GET PAID TO DRAG ELON MUSK?:Filmmaker offers $100 to call billionaire out“We drafted the letter to communicate to the executive staff on their terms and show how their lack of action created tangible barriers to the long-term success of the mission. We never imagined that SpaceX would fire us for trying to help the company succeed,” Holland-Thielen said through her attorneys. Firings continue at TwitterThe labor charges have arrived just as Musk has reportedly been firing critics at Twitter, which he acquired for $44 billion last month before laying off half of the company’s 7,500 employees.LAWSUIT:Elon Musk pay package at Tesla challenged in court‘EXTREMELY HARDCORE’:Musk gives Twitter workers deadline to decide job fateAdditionally, Musk had subordinates comb through internal communications and public tweets and fired dozens of employees who had either publicly or privately criticized him, according to the New York Times.Follow Katie Wedell on Twitter: @KatieWedell and Facebook:

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