SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, lays off employees who are too critical

by Joey Roulette and Eric M. Johnson

June 17 (Reuters) – SpaceX has fired at least five employees for writing and circulating a letter criticizing the company’s founder, Elon Musk, and calling for measures to make the company more inclusive, two sources familiar with the matter said. folder.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that SpaceX had laid off employees associated with the letter, citing three employees familiar with the situation, without detailing the number of people laid off.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in an email that the company had investigated and “terminated a number of employees associated” with the letter, according to The New York Times.

According to the American daily, Gwynne Shotwell’s e-mail stated that these employees had been fired for making other staff “feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter urged them to sign something that did not reflect their views.

Reuters could not independently confirm this information.

The letter, titled “An Open Letter to SpaceX Executives,” seen by Reuters, calls Musk a “distraction and embarrassment” to the company.

She calls for SpaceX to differentiate itself from “the personal brand of Elon (Musk)”, ensure that all leaders have equal responsibility to make the company “a great place to work for everyone” and “define and respond to any form of unacceptable behavior in a uniform manner”.

The open letter, whose existence was originally reported by The Verge, was written over the past few weeks and shared in an internal discussion group that brings together thousands of employees, a person with knowledge of the matter said. , who asked not to be named. (Reporting Joey Roulette, Eric M. Johnson and Baranjot Kaur Bengaluru; French version Valentine Baldassari)

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