July 18, 2024
Elon Musk sued for alleged sexual harassment and retaliation by former SpaceX engineers

Eight former SpaceX engineers filed a lawsuit in opposition to Elon Musk on Wednesday, accusing the CEO of sexual harassment and retaliation. The identical group of fired staff have additionally filed complaints with the US Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about SpaceX’s alleged retaliation. Bloomberg first reported on the lawsuit.

“Musk knowingly and purposefully created an unwelcome hostile work setting based mostly upon his conduct of interjecting into the office vile sexual pictures, memes, and commentary that demeaned ladies and/or the LGBTQ+ neighborhood,” the eight former staff wrote in Wednesday’s submitting.

The previous SpaceX engineers stated a few of them have been harassed by different co-workers who “mimicked Musk’s posts,” in an alleged instance of mob bullying underneath the affect of their superior’s conduct. The plaintiffs wrote that this “created a wildly uncomfortable hostile work setting.”

The group labored collectively on an open letter in 2022, highlighting the Tesla founder’s allegedly problematic conduct. They are saying they have been fired in retaliation for that essay.

In line with Bloomberg, the submitting says the previous SpaceX engineers have purpose to imagine Musk made the choice to fireplace them in retaliation for his or her letter. The grievance claims that when a SpaceX HR official instructed the corporate conduct a proper investigation earlier than taking any decisive motion, Musk replied, “I don’t care — hearth them.”

The engineers’ case with the NLRB has been held up by an appeals court docket injunction regardless of the board agreeing that SpaceX illegally retaliated in opposition to them. SpaceX sued the company in January, calling its construction “unconstitutional.”

The lawsuit follows a report on Tuesday detailing allegations that Musk had sexual relations with two feminine staff and requested a 3rd to have his infants.