SpaceX Fires Employees Involved in Letter Slamming Musk

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Jun 17, 2022

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The workers behind the scathing open letter to CEO Elon Musk reportedly lost their jobs on Thursday.

Musk a “Source of Distraction”

SpaceX has fired the employees who wrote and spread a scorching letter to the company’s CEO and founder, Elon Musk, according to a report by The New York Times. 

The letter began circulating on the internet on Wednesday. In it, the employees called Musk’s public behavior “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment”. They asked the company’s executives to condemn the billionaire’s actions.

The letter referenced recent complaints involving Musk in sexual misconduct. The accusations allege that he paid $250,000 in a hushed settlement to a flight attendant to whom he exposed himself and propositioned. The Tesla chief has called the allegations “utterly untrue”.

Furthermore, the letter touched on Musk’s controversial use of Twitter, which he agreed to buy for $44 billion in April.

“It is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values,” it read. 

Terminated

An email from SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell confirmed that the private space company had fired those behind the letter.

“The letter, solicitations, and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” Ms. Shotwell wrote. “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”

In the email, Shotwell said SpaceX had “terminated a number of employees involved”. She did not mention the exact number.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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