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SpaceX Defeats Technician's Wrongful Firing Case at Trial

  • Ex-employee claimed retaliation for raising concerns on tests
  • Company told jury he was unprofessional, disruptive and rude
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 3, 2017.
Photographer: Bill Ingalls/NASA/NASA via Getty Images
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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. persuaded a jury to reject a former technician’s claim he was fired for telling supervisors he thought test protocols weren’t followed and results were falsified.

Jurors in Los Angeles state court on Wednesday agreed with the rocket builder that Jason Blasdell was terminated in 2014 because of his poor job performance and not in retaliation for his taking his concern about improper testing procedures as high as Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. He was seeking as much as $6 million in damages.