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LA jury throws out SpaceX employee claim

June 9, 2017

By Chris Forrester

Jason Blasdell, a former technician working at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, had brought an action in 2016 against SpaceX alleging that he had been fired by the Elon Musk-backed rocket company because he complained that the correct processes for verifying rocket parts and components were not being followed.

A Los Angeles jury, after hearing the evidence, found in favour of SpaceX and ruled that Blasdell’s reporting was not a substantial motivating factor in his being fired. Blasdell had alleged that supervisors at SpaceX had pressured staff to deviate from test procedures, and to approve processes that had not been properly tested.

SpaceX argued that despite working at the company and initially having positive reviews Blasdell became increasingly unmanageable.  SpaceX, in a statement, said it was pleased with the jury’s verdict.

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