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Underpaid Employees To Get $4 Million From SpaceX

Steve Porter / May 16, 2017

If you were Elon Musk, how many hours of work do you think you’d put in? Well, the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has stated in the past that he works upwards of 100 hours a week. With all that he does, it might even be believable. However, employees are definitely not Elon Musk, and so they shouldn’t have to work such strenuous hours.


Last week, the Tesla co-founder settled a class action lawsuit brought on by thousands of employees for improper compensation. The amount? $4 million.



Among other concerns, the 4,100 employees stated that the Hawthorne, California-based company also did not allow workers to take legally mandated breaks throughout the day. Most employees will be receiving $500 with some getting as much as $2,000. As for the lawyers, well, they’re walking away with $1.3 million themselves.


In California, the law states that employees should get rest periods every four hours worked with breaks for meals. At SpaceX, their shifts were designed in a way that workers couldn’t take breaks. Perhaps if they were paid more to make up for that this wouldn’t have cost SpaceX $4 million now. Maybe it’s time to give their workers some rest?


Featured image via spacex