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Updated January 4th, 2024 at 11:23 IST

US labour agency accuses SpaceX of firing workers who oppose Elon Musk

As per the complaint issued by a regional official with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), SpaceX violated the workers' rights under federal labour law.

Reported by: Business Desk
Edited by: Tanmay Tiwary
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Rules for employees: Rocket and satellite maker SpaceX has been accused of unlawfully firing eight employees for circulating a letter which called founder and CEO Elon Musk a "distraction and embarrassment."

As per the complaint issued by a regional official with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), SpaceX violated the workers' rights under federal labour law.

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The law bands together and advocates for better working conditions, Kayla Blado, a spokesperson for the agency said.

SpaceX executives received the letter in June 2022 to condemn Musk’s stances citing a series of tweets Musk made since 2020.

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The tweets were accused of being sexually suggestive, with employees claiming that Musk's statements did not align with the company's policies on diversity and workplace misconduct.

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(With Reuters Inputs)

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 11:19 IST

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