Former SpaceX Employee Loses Whistle Blower Lawsuit

A California jury voted 9-3 to dismiss a whistle blower claim filed by a former SpaceX employee who alleged he was fired for exposing alleged fraud in the testing of parts for the Falcon 9 booster.

Jason Blasdell, who worked as an aviation test technician at SpaceX, claimed managers had pressured technicians to deviate from standard test procedures and sign off on testing that had not been conducted on rocket parts.

He claimed he was fired in violation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act after bringing the matter to the attention of SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and CEO Elon Musk.

At the close of an eight day trial, the company argued that Blasdell was terminated because he became “unmanageable and disruptive” and “was unable to perform the testing he was hired to perform.” The company also argued that Blasdell’s testimony demonstrated that he never had a reasonable belief that SpaceX was engaging in illegal activity, a requisite element to establishing a whistleblower claim.

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  • Jacob Samorodin

    I see SCOTUS in his future.

  • duheagle

    Those are spots on your glasses.

  • duheagle

    Having read the recent L.A. Times article about this case it seems quite possible Mr. Blasdell suffered an onset of paranoid schizophrena during his stint with SpaceX.

  • windbourne

    only if that is the name of his dog.

  • windbourne

    yeah, I would not trust LA Times. They have it in for anything that Musk does.