At least five employees have been fired by private rocket company SpaceX after drafting and distributing an open letter criticizing the founder Elon Musk and advocating for startup executives to make the company’s work culture more inclusive, according to two people familiar with the matter.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that SpaceX The letter-related firing of employees, citing three employees with knowledge of the situation.
It did not give details of the number of employees who were terminated.
The New York Times said Gwen Shotwell, president of SpaceX, sent an email saying that the company had investigated and “terminated a number of employees involved” in the letter.
Shotwell’s email said employees involved in circulating the letter were fired because they made other employees feel “uncomfortable, intimidated, intimidated and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign something that did not reflect their views,” the newspaper said.
Reuters could not independently confirm this report.
A previous open letter to SpaceX executives seen by Reuters called Musk a “distraction and embarrassment” for the company he founded.
In a list of three demands, the letter said: “SpaceX must quickly and openly separate itself from Elon’s personal brand.”
“All leadership has an equal responsibility to make SpaceX a great place to work for everyone” and “to identify and uniformly respond to all forms of unacceptable behavior,” she added.
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