NLRB to Investigate SpaceX for Illegally Terminating Employees

(NewsReady.com) – Elon Musk is known for being a cutthroat businessman. There have been rumors in the past about him firing employees who didn’t agree with the decisions he was making. Now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed a complaint against the billionaire.

On January 3, the NLRB filed a complaint against SpaceX, which is owned by Musk. The federal agency accused the billionaire of illegally terminating eight workers who drafted an open letter in 2022. The letter, written by the employees, circulated in 2022 and criticized the owner of SpaceX for allegations of sexual harassment against him and for his actions. The workers said Musk’s behavior was negatively impacting the company’s reputation.

The letter also said the company wasn’t abiding by its policies against sexual harassment and the “No Asshole” policy. The workers were particularly concerned about Musk’s behavior on Twitter (now X). They called on SpaceX to “publicly address and condemn” the billionaire in order to show that all of the company’s officials were being held “equally accountable.” They also asked that the other policies be defined and enforced consistently.

According to the NLRB complaint, SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell illegally prohibited workers from sharing the letter with one another. Other executives behaved similarly. The employees who wrote it were allegedly fired.

The case will go before an administrative judge in March. The NLRB is asking that the former be reinstated and receive back pay or other remedies that make them whole. SpaceX could decide to settle with the workers before the hearing.

Paige Holland-Thielen, one of the fired workers, told The New York Times that even though SpaceX builds reusable rockets, “the people who build them are treated as expendable.” She said that she hopes the company and its leadership are held accountable for “mistreating workers and stifling discourse.”

SpaceX didn’t comment on the complaint.

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