The aerospace company had decided to terminate the employment relationship with eight employees, who had signed and circulated a letter internally within the company in which they had defined the billionaire and CEO as a “distraction and an embarrassment”
The accusation comes directly from the US federal labor agency and concerns the illegal dismissal of eight employees by SpaceX. The aerospace company owned by Elon Musk had decided to terminate the employment relationship with the employees, who had signed and circulated a letter internally within the company in which they had defined the billionaire and CEO as a “distraction and an embarrassment”. The letter was sent to SpaceX management in June 2022 and referred to a series of tweets published by the South African entrepreneur, many of which had sexual innuendos and discrimination. The employees claimed that the messages sent did not appear to be in line with the company’s code of conduct and asked managers to publicly condemn “the harmful attitude on Twitter”. The eight criticized the leaders for “failing to counter a culture of sexism, harassment and discrimination” in the workplace. “Elon’s behavior in the public sphere – they added – is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us”.
The hearing on March 5
According to the complaint, the employees were questioned about the contents of the letter, while the other workers received a warning: they would be fired if they took similar actions. Furthermore, the level of internal control had been strengthened, and the procedures included the reading and obligation to show screenshots of communications between employees. The letter, of course, should not have become public. But now, with the case initiated by the federal labor agency, the document has become public and casts new shadows on the controversial relationship that Musk has with his employees. The case is followed by the National Labor Relations Board, a body of the labor agency, which acts as a proxy and submits the case to five members of a board. If SpaceX does not reach an agreement, the case will be transferred to the administrative judge, starting a longer procedure, in which it will also be possible to appeal. The first hearing with the National Labor Relations Board is scheduled for March 5. If the dismissals are considered to be in violation of the law, the reinstatement of the workers and the payment of arrears could be decided, as well as possible economic sanctions for SpaceX.