Rocket and satellite maker SpaceX on Thursday sued a United States labour board to block its case accusing the company of illegally firing employees who sent a letter to company executives calling Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk, “a distraction and embarrassment.”
A Reuters report showed that SpaceX in the lawsuit filed in Brownsville, Texas federal court claimed the structure of the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB), which issued a complaint against the company on Wednesday, violated the United States Constitution.
The NLRB alleged SpaceX violated federal labour law by firing eight workers in 2022 for signing onto the letter, which accused Musk of making sexist comments that went against company policies.
That case would be heard by an administrative judge and then a five-member board appointed by the United States president.
According to Reuters, the board’s decisions could be appealed in federal court.
But SpaceX in its lawsuit claims that because federal law only allows board members and administrative judges to be removed for cause, and not at will, the NLRB’s structure is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit seeks to block the NLRB case from moving forward.
SpaceX recently utilised a similar tactic to block an administrative case by the U.S. Department of Justice claiming the company illegally refused to hire refugees and asylum recipients.
The agency had not responded to that lawsuit.
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