Former SpaceX employees have filed a labor complaint alleging retaliatory firing by Elon Musk’s company

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Former SpaceX employees have filed a federal lawsuit against the company, alleging that Elon Musk’s venture illegally fired them.o They expressed concerns, including about Allegations of sexual misconduct against the CEO.

Eight complaints have been filed on wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the company conducted a “campaign of retaliation and intimidation” in response to employees who circulated an open letter to executives internally. Former employees allege that SpaceX violated the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 shot After they talk.

The complaint — one of which was filed by Page Holland-Thielen and first reported by The New York Times — alleges that SpaceX fired five employees the day after the open letter was distributed in June.

The complaints also allege that SpaceX fired four other people in July and August “in retaliation” for drafting or sharing the letter internally. The additional firings followed meetings and interviews with “dozens of employees” in which SpaceX “falsely” said “the conversations were attorney-client privileged and could not be disclosed,” aAccording to the complaint.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the allegations.

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Holland-Thielen and her colleagues wrote the letter as a protest against Musk’s public statements, following a report that claimed he propositioned a flight attendant on a private SpaceX jet in 2016. Musk has publicly denied allegations of sexual misconduct, calling them “wild allegations.”

SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a T-Mobile and SpaceX joint event on August 25, 2022 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.

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The letter, a copy of which was included in the complaint reviewed by CNBC, was directed “to SpaceX executives” and went beyond specific allegations of misconduct. In the letter, the former employees wrote that Musk’s “behavior in public is a frequent source of confusion and embarrassment for us,” noting that he is “viewed as the face of SpaceX.”

The letter calls on SpaceX to condemn “Musk’s harmful behavior.”

“By keeping silent about his public actions, taken [Twitter] In what is considered official company communication, SpaceX and its executives confirm that Elon’s conduct is acceptable at our company,” the letter said.

Additionally, the letter states that SpaceX’s “current systems and culture” “do not live up to its stated values,” including “uneven application” of its “No A-Hole” and “Zero Tolerance” policies. SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell previously outlined those policies, including in an email to employees responding to the open letter. Shotwell also addressed allegations of misconduct against Musk in his June email, titled: “Please focus on the SpaceX mission.”

“Personally, I believe the allegations to be false; not because I work for Allen, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything resembling these allegations,” Shotwell wrote at the time.

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