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SpaceX faces labor charges after firing employees who criticized Elon Musk

Elon Musk wearing a tuxedo as he arrives at the 2022 Met Gala.

Enlarge / Elon Musk arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. (credit: Getty Images | Angela Weiss)

Eight former SpaceX employees who were fired after circulating an internal letter criticizing Elon Musk have filed charges claiming they were unlawfully fired. Unfair labor practice charges for the “retaliatory firings” were filed yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the former employees’ law firm said in a press release.

“The charges allege that SpaceX violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating the employees for engaging in protected concerted activity,” the Lieff Cabraser law firm said. “Specifically, 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.”

The letter urged “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 Asshole’ policy. The letter was shared internally within SpaceX only, and called for other employees to sign on to endorse the recommendations,” the press release said.

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