According to a message from the space company’s executive director, SpaceX has fired several employees who were involved in preparing an “open letter” specifically critical of Elon Musk’s behavior in public. California company, Agerpres reported.
A “small group” of staff sent the letter to all of their co-workers, asking for their signatures and participating in a survey, Gwynne Shotwell wrote in an email to SpaceX staff Thursday night.
He added that some of them “felt uncomfortable, intimidated or angry because the letter urged them to sign something that did not reflect their views” or “interferes with their ability to focus on work.”
Or, he thinks, “We have many essential activities, and we do not need such activity without any action.”
Following the investigation, the California company laid off several employees involved in the effort, Gwynne Shotwell said, noting their number.
The open letter, originally published by The Verge, criticized Elon Musk’s behavior in public, and the recent allegations of sexual harassment against him were considered “often distracting and insulting to us”.
Elon Musk is considered to be the boss and most important spokesperson for SpaceX – every message he writes on Twitter, especially in recent weeks, is considered a practical public statement of the company.
SpaceX officials have not yet responded to requests from the AFP editorial office to seek an official opinion from the California company on the matter.
The CEO of SpaceX, the owner of electric car maker Tesla and several start-ups, is controversial on Twitter, where he constantly posts harsh, sometimes secret or insulting news. His news took on a new dimension after Elon Musk announced in April that he wanted to buy this social network.
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