The Private Rocket Company named “SpaceX” fired at least five employees. Elon Musk fired SpaceX’s employees because they criticized him in an open letter. Letter urging executives to make the firm’s culture more inclusive, two people familiar with the matter said.
The New York Times reported Thursday that SpaceX had fired employees associated with the letter. Letter, citing three employees with knowledge of the situation. It has not detailed the number of employees who have been laid off.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell sent an email. The email says the company had investigated and “fired several employees involved” with the letter, the New York Times said.
The newspaper claimed the employees involved in circulating the letter had been fired. The letter was making other employees “uncomfortable, intimidated and intimidated, and/or angry. The letter pressured the employees to sign something that did not reflect their views.”
Billionaire Musk is seeking a $44 billion bid for Twitter. Musk has made clear his support for freer control over speech on the site. He told Twitter employees that the platform should allow “pretty outrageous things” as long as the content isn’t illegal.
Reuters saw SpaceX’s letter, which was titled “An open letter to SpaceX executives,”. It calls Musk a “distraction and embarrassment” for the company he founded.
In a list of three lawsuits, he said “SpaceX must separate itself from Elon’s brand. It holds all leaders accountable to make SpaceX a great place to work for everyone. It will define and respond to all forms of unacceptable behavior.”
The open letter at SpaceX was first reported by The Verge. As a result, it drafts SpaceX employees in recent weeks and shared as an attachment in an internal “Morale Boosters” group chat. Chat brings together thousands of employees, said a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to identify.
Musk and the company’s chief engineer, are seen as central figures in many of SpaceX’s high-profile successes. Such as pioneering the reuse of orbital rocket thrusters and bringing back routine human spaceflight from U.S. soil after a nine-year hiatus.
Shotwell, who runs much of the company’s day-to-day business, has said he will enforce SpaceX’s “zero tolerance” standards against employee harassment.
Founded by Elon Musk in 2002, SpaceX has played a central role in the United States space program. As a result, SpaceX is becoming the only company capable of launching NASA astronauts into space from U.S. soil and planning to send humans to the Moon for the space agency within the next decade.
SpaceX is also one of two companies the Pentagon relies on to launch most of America’s military satellites and spies into space.
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