SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in California, is involved in a class action lawsuit that was filed by a former employee. He alleges he, as well as some of his co-workers, are the victims of wage theft. He claims that he was denied overtime, forced to work without payment and not permitted to take his legally mandated rest periods.
The plaintiff claims that for nearly two years, he was asked to work overtime without payment. He further alleges that the duties assigned to the workers were allotted a specific number of labor hours, but there were never enough hours to allow the employees to get the work finished. To avoid going over the allotted labor hours, the employees were allegedly told to clock out of the system and continue to work without pay.
Additionally, he claims that he and his other hourly co-workers were not permitted to take their breaks. The workers were apparently pushed to not take breaks and continue working. On occasion, the employees were not permitted to take their 30-minute lunches, nor were they allowed to completely step away from their work so they could rest. Allegedly, when the employees worked through their rest periods, they were also not paid for their time.
A spokesperson from SpaceX stated that the claims are baseless, and the company intends to prevail in court. The company is accused of violating the California Labor Code, and the complaint is demanding that the case be heard before a jury. The plaintiff is seeking payment for unpaid overtime and other wages, as well as monetary damages for himself and his co-workers. SpaceX currently has at least three other lawsuits pending for similar issues.
Source: upi.com, "SpaceX accused failing to pay wages, not providing breaks", Andrew V. Pestano, Oct. 22, 2015