A former employee of SpaceX has filed a lawsuit against the space exploration company saying that he was not properly compensated for overtime work.
According to Stan Saporito, SpaceX owes him money for overtime hours that he put in between June of 2013 and February of 2015. Additionally, Saporito says that other employees were also not compensated by the company for their own overtime work.
Saporito says that he filed the lawsuit because it is a blatant violation of labor laws in California and that he and his fellow employees deserve proper compensation.
The filing reads, “SpaceX knowingly caused a violation of the California Labor Code by directing its employees to alter the time records, or 'shave' the time worked by (Stan Saporito) and other (Class action members) in order to avoid paying these employees for all their time worked, including overtime worked and missed meal breaks."
Additionally, Saporito claims that such conditions are ongoing and still occur at SpaceX to this day.
Saporito is seeking both damages and overtime compensation. He is also acting on the behalf of other former employees of SpaceX who were not properly compensated during their periods of employment with the company.
At the present time, SpaceX has not initiated a counter filing. However, the company has denied the claims made in the filing. SpaceX says that it plans to refute the allegations in court.
SpaceX was founded in 2002 in Hawthorne, CA. It was created by billionaire CEO and owner of Tesla Motors and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.
The company has the goal of eventually offering regular private space exploration trips to people, and it also wants to assist in the colonization of Mars by humans.
SpaceX is known for being the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft. The company has also delivered cargo to the International Space Station.