- Insider reports that SpaceX paid a worker to settle a sexual harassment claim against Musk in 2018.
- But the culture of inappropriate behavior seems to persist at Musk’s companies.
- Last year alone, Tesla hit eight lawsuits for alleged sexual harassment.
SpaceX paid a charter flight attendant $250,000 in 2018 to not sue billionaire chief Elon Musk for sexual harassment, Insider’s Rich McHugh reported on Thursday.
Yet three years after this deal, female employees continue to raise sexual harassment issues at Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla.
“In the past year alone, I’ve had to bring a lot of different sexism issues into HR,” former SpaceX engineer Ashley Kosak said in a December article. Female lion. Kosak said that he started working as an intern in 2017 and became an engineer in 2019.
But after reporting these events to HR, he said “nothing was done”. The company promised mandatory training on sexual harassment, but according to Kosak, “issues of this nature were too private to be discussed openly with the perpetrators.”
“Ultimately, the stress from my years at SpaceX devastated my health in a way I’ve never experienced before,” Kosak said, and left the company in late November.
It is unclear whether Musk was involved in or was aware of Kosak’s allegations.
Insider reached out to Kosak for comment.
Other sexual harassment allegations at SpaceX date back a decade, The New York Times reported. reported. A former intern living at the SpaceX residence said that in 2012, her male roommate invited her male co-worker out for a drink. According to The Times, the colleague later got drunk and tried to break into her bathroom—which she shared with a male roommate—while showering.
HR investigated the case, and the former intern was later told that SpaceX will only allow sharing of bathrooms by people of the same sex, according to The Times.
SpaceX isn’t the only company founded by Musk to face allegations of sexual harassment and harsh working conditions.
According to an Insider report, at least 24 women at Tesla have sued the automaker over the past five years, alleging they’ve been sexually assaulted, groped, or even physically assaulted. The article said some were denied pay raises and promotions.
In late 2021 alone, Tesla hit at least eight lawsuits alleging sexual harassment by female workers at the company, Insider and Insider reports. Washington post.
Six women filed individual lawsuits on December 14, alleging Tesla promoted a culture of sexual harassment at their factory, The Post reported.
A few days ago on December 8, an employee claimed that the automaker’s Fremont plant “couldn’t stop a constant and pervasive pattern of sexual harassment and retaliation against him,” Insider reported.
And in November, a worker sued the company for operating as an “association house”, subjecting female employees to “widespread sexual harassment.”
It is unclear whether Musk knew about these claims at Tesla before.
SpaceX and Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.