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Internal criticism of Elon Musk: Complaint after SpaceX employees were fired

Internal criticism of Elon Musk: Complaint after SpaceX employees were fired

After US space company SpaceX fired several employees in June 2022 because they internally circulated a letter clearly critical of company boss Elon Musk, a complaint has now been filed. This is what was reported by Reuters news agency It states that the local division of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NLRB) is responsible. If there is no out-of-court agreement and the dismissals are declared unlawful after the likely route through the courts, the eight people affected in total could be ordered to be reinstated and their lost wages paid.


And with the complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board, incidents that have already become public could now have consequences for SpaceX. In mid-June 2022, it became known that an open letter to management was circulated among SpaceX employees in which Elon Musk's public behavior was criticized as distracting and embarrassing for everyone at SpaceX. It asked the company to clarify that its data does not represent the company's work, mission, or values. Following the report, it was revealed that SpaceX had fired several employees who helped write and distribute the open letter.

SpaceX did not comment on the complaint to Reuters, and Elon Musk has not yet commented on the report. The events that have now come back into the public eye occurred months before Elon Musk's Twitter takeover, and as a result criticism of Musk's leadership style and public statements has once again become louder. There are several lawsuits pending against the dismissals there. At the end of 2021, a former SpaceX employee made serious allegations against the company and claimed that HR ignored sexual harassment of women or non-binary people. Elon Musk likened it to “sadism” in her life.


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