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Elon Musk’s SpaceX has agreed pay out nearly $4m to thousands of underpaid employees – yet one of them is curiously annoyed with his court-backed windfall. Los Angeles judge Elihu M. Berle gave his court’s backing to SpaceX’s settlement of the class-action lawsuit after first hearing, and dismissing, the objections of former …

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    1. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge


      The average paultry sum per worker ($500) strongly indicates that the amount of break time these workers lost was trivial. Aerospace technicians in California make on the order of $40 per hour. Looks like the ambulance chasers were the only ones who benefitted from this lawsuit.

      1. graeme leggett Silver badge

        Re: Meh...

        An earlier report suggested the lawyers would get a third of the $4 million.

    2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

      Re: Elon Musk, gros fromage de SpaceX

      Apparently, three people have never watched Airplane!

    3. W4YBO

      Re: Elon Musk, gros fromage de SpaceX

      Only other Elihu I've heard of was also a judge...

      Judge Elihu Smails: It's easy to grin / When your ship comes in / And you've got the stock market beat. / But the man worthwhile, / Is the man who can smile, / When his shorts are too tight in the seat.

  2. Your alien overlord - fear me

    Does SpaceX work to Mars hours rather than Earth Time?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No, but NASA's Mars Rover team does.

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

    "Can't eat my meal on schedule".

    Such microaggression!

    These people are far away from IT support, it seems.

    1. James 51

      Re: Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

      If he is a diabetic you can bet your co-pay that is a big deal.

    2. Jeffrey Nonken

      Re: Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

      Say what you will, the breaks are a legal requirement. An employer isn't allowed to ignore them just because he's contemptuous of his employees' needs.

      1. Dagg Silver badge

        Re: Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

        >Say what you will, the breaks are a legal requirement.

        If so someone should tell companies like IBM that have these mandated (well mandated in terms of if you don't turn up you get a negative evaluation) lunch briefings / project planning meetings / ...

        And of course you have to take your own food in.

    3. kain preacher

      Re: Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

      Man you are dick. Did you read the article at all. It says they were not given a meal break at all.

  4. Patched Out

    Class Action

    I always thought that once you joined a class action, that you could not sue separately. ...Unless California law is different. You are normally sent a notice and are given the option of not being a part of the class action. From the article it sounds like Mr. Smith was a member of the class.

    1. kain preacher

      Re: Class Action

      he was trying due a second class action and was not involved in the the other class action.

  5. Scott Broukell

    Working in such an industry you would think that keeping workers rested and fed would maybe reduce the chances of e.g. a tired and hungry employee failing to fit a safety widget correctly and hence, might lead to better outcomes going forwards, or going upwards and down again at the very least!

    1. DropBear

      Maybe you would think so, maybe not - meanwhile in the real world the hypothesized advantages of a better-rested worker over the guaranteed advantages of squeezing in a few extra milliseconds of work per day in order to (try to) make an impossible deadline have been opted for by, oh, no slave-driver, ever.

  6. Phukov Andigh Bronze badge

    well, not unexpected

    I thought all multibillionares were evil 1%ers exploiting the masses.

    We give Musk a LOT of free passes that no one else gets. Active and aggressive anti-union stance, no transparency other than tweets supposedly from The Man Himself, lots of reports of "issues" with management culture...stuff that deserves to be actually investigated for truth and if so, stomped out.

    Problem is, well, its not just us little people who overlook "details" when too focused on the goal. those details could be human employees. Both SpaceX and Tesla have tons of details and Musk absolutely NEEDS management personnel he can trust to do everything right by both the objective AND the employees. Musk has had some bad luck with management choices in the past, like some of those dingbats in early Tesla days who he had to get rid of to get Roadsters made that didn't grenade their own transmissions, and we do him and his objective no favors by ignoring problems that these managers may be overlooking or even possibly actively creating.

    Wouldve been better for SpaceX if Musk was aware and being criticised *before* a lawsuit needed to happen, so changes could be made, negative hype reduced and no lawyers getting rich off of others' suffering. He could change the Management to get things done better. Now he's doing it after a sh*tstorm and on-the-record negative court action which never looks good.

    Rocket science is hard. Rocket personnel management, apparently is harder

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To put this short

    There cannot be prosperity (for him) without exploitation (for others). The rest is bullsh... sorry, public relation strategy.

    This works for countries too as each of G7 members has a dark colonial past. This is how you become a rich and powerful country.

  8. noddybollock

    "but three-quarters of any payout goes to the state’s coffers in return" !

    WTF, seriously - why ??

    I assume this done just to discourage the workers from suing.


    1. notowenwilson

      Re: "but three-quarters of any payout goes to the state’s coffers in return" !

      Or it's just a matter of risk/reward. The state pays the legal bills, the worker just has to testify. The state gets most of the money, the worker gets the rest. If the legal action fails, the state still pays the legal bills and the worker doesn't pay a cent.

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