SpaceX fires employees who wrote open letter complaining about Elon Musk: report
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SpaceX fires employees who wrote open letter complaining about Elon Musk: report

SpaceX has fired several employees who wrote and shared a letter criticizing CEO Elon Musk’s behavior, The New York Times reports. The open letter, first reported by The Verge, described Musk’s behavior as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.” It cites SpaceX’s “No Asshole” policy and asks the company to “publicly address and condemn Elon’s damaging Twitter behavior.” The authors of the letter said: β€œAs our most prominent CEO and spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX: every tweet Elon sends is a de facto public statement from the company. It is critical to make it clear to our teams and our potential pool of talent that his message does not reflect our work, our mission or our values.” The open letter said that Musk’s erratic behavior was an “embarrassment” to SpaceX. Several of the letter’s writers were fired Thursday afternoon, the Times reports, citing company sources as well as an email from SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell. In the email, Shotwell said that SpaceX had “terminated multiple employees involved” with the letter. β€œThe letter, the requests, and the overall process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and harassed, and/or angry that the letter pressured them into signing something that did not reflect their views,” Shotwell wrote in the email. “We have too much critical work to do and we don’t need this kind of wide-ranging activism.” We’ve reached out to SpaceX for comment and will update this story if we hear back. Musk has long been a volatile figure, but since his proposed takeover of Twitter in April, a $44 billion deal that has yet to be finalized, his behavior has drawn even more attention. Last month, Insider reported that SpaceX paid a flight attendant $250,000 after Musk allegedly exposed himself to her and proposed. Musk later joked about the incident on Twitter, telling another user: “If you touch my sausage, you can have a horse.”

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