SpaceX accused of firing eight workers over letter critical of chief Elon Musk

US labour board files complaint against space exploration firm as fired employees include authors of an open letter protesting ‘inappropriate, disparaging, sexually charged comments on Twitter’ by Musk

Elon Musk, chief executive of SpaceX. A group of employees circulated an open letter though internal SpaceX communication channels criticizing Musk’s online behaviour and calling on the company to denounce and distance itself from his public comments. Picture: Getty

The US labour board has accused SpaceX of illegally firing eight employees over an internal letter sharply critical of the firms’s chief executive Elon Musk.

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against SpaceX Wednesday, alleging that the company illegally interrogated, surveilled and retaliated against workers, agency spokesperson Kayla Blado said in an email. The fired workers include authors of a 2022 open letter protesting “inappropriate, disparaging, sexually charged comments ...