Engineers sue SpaceX, Elon Musk over sexual harassment, discrimination


(MENAFN) On Wednesday, eight former engineers from SpaceX filed a lawsuit against the company and its CEO, Elon Musk. The engineers claimed they were unlawfully terminated for voicing concerns about alleged sexual harassment and discrimination against women, as reported by a UK-based news agency.

The group, consisting of eight men and eight women, alleged that Musk ordered their dismissal in 2022 after they circulated a letter describing him as a "distraction and embarrassment." The fired engineers had called on executives to repudiate Musk's sexually charged comments on social media.

Filed in a California state court in Los Angeles, the lawsuit highlighted a series of tweets by Musk, including a 2022 post in which he insulted the former CEO of YouTube and made references to his penis. The suit argued that Musk's behavior contributed to a "marked sexist culture" at SpaceX, where female engineers frequently encountered harassment and sexist remarks, and their complaints about the workplace environment were ignored.

The lawsuit further detailed that senior engineers often used euphemisms for sexual acts and slang for male genitalia when describing missile components. SpaceX, however, denies any misconduct, stating that the 2022 letter was disruptive and that the employees were rightfully terminated for breaching company policies. The company also denies that Musk played any role in the decision to fire the engineers.

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