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SpaceX fired employees who criticized Elon Musk with a letter

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SpaceX fired employees who criticized Elon Musk with a letter

SpaceX ha fired employees which played a decisive role in the writing and dissemination of one “Open letter” to Elon Musk, who is the founder and CEO of the aerospace company.

The letter was shared in recent days in an internal chat within the company. The document criticizes Musk’s behavior on Twitter, “where each of his tweets is in fact a declaration of the company”, and underlines how the recent ones allegations of sexual harassment aimed at the CEO negatively affects SpaceX’s reputation.

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“Elon’s public behavior represents a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks” reads the letter that was published in a Microsoft Teams channel that gathers about 2,600 employees by SpaceX. The authors invited their colleagues to sign the letter, even anonymously, with the intention of delivering it to Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX.

Shotwell himself communicated with an email, obtained from the New York Times, that the company “investigated the matter and terminated the employment relationship with the employees involved”, without specifying the number of people made redundant.

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“The letter and subsequent solicitations put other employees in trouble, who felt bullied and intimidated because someone was pressing them to sign something they didn’t recognize,” Shotwell wrote.

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The letter was circulated in a complicated period for Muskwho first addressed employees of Twitter, the social network he is about to shop for 44 billion dollars. Last month, Business Insider also reported allegations of harassment by a flight attendant that Musk, on a plane bound for London in 2016, allegedly asked for a sexual massage.

The entrepreneur has denied the allegations and Gwynne Shotwell, who joined the company in 2002, the year it was founded by Musk, sent an email to SpaceX employees to reiterate that the story is false.

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