SpaceX fires employees who wrote open letter complaining about Elon Musk: report

Author: Yuvi June 17, 2022

SpaceX fires employees who wrote open letter complaining about Elon Musk: report


SpaceX has fired a number of employees who wrote and shared a letter criticizing the behavior of CEO Elon Musk, reports The New York Times.

The open letter, first reported by The Verge, described Musk’s behavior as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.” It cites SpaceX’s “No Asshole” policy and asks the company to “publicly address and condemn Elon’s harmful Twitter behavior.”

Said the letter writers: “As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every Tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company. 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.”

The open letter said Musk’s erratic behavior was an “embarrassment” for SpaceX

A number of the letter’s drafters were fired Thursday afternoon, reports the Times, citing sources in the company as well as an email sent by SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell.

In the email, Shotwell said SpaceX had “terminated a number of employees involved” with 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,” wrote Shotwell in the email. “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”

We’ve reached out to SpaceX for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

Musk has long been a volatile figure, but since his proposed acquisition of Twitter in April — a $44 billion deal that yet to be finalized — his behavior has attracted even more attention. Last month, Insider reported that SpaceX paid a flight attendant $250,000 after Musk allegedly exposed himself to her and propositioned her. Musk later joked about the incident on Twitter, telling another user “if you touch my wiener, you can have a horse.”

17 June, 2022, 1:03 pm

News Cinema on twitter News Cinema on facebook

Friday, 17th June 2022

More Stories
‘Troll of Trondheim’ bears down on Britain: Snow to hit TODAY
Tom Brady opens up on his emotional strength following divorce from ex-wife Gisele Bündchen
Seductive video of Neha Bhasin in glittering silver bangles and white khaki pants is too hot to handle – WATCH
China Eases ‘Zero Covid’ Restrictions in Victory for Protesters
In Soaring Victory Speech, Warnock Declares, ‘Here We Stand Together’
After Herschel Walker’s Defeat, His Son Piles On With Twitter Tirade
Princess Beatrice and her mother Sarah Ferguson attend The Lady Garden Gala
A New York Jury Speaks: Trump’s Company Committed Tax Fraud
5 Georgia Takeaways: Scandals Still Matter, and Trump Faces Blowback
The NFL Playoff Picture Isn’t as Cloudy as Records Make It Seem
Before Beer Became Lager, a Microbe Made a Mysterious Journey
Philly gas station owner hires security guards armed with AR-15s and dressed in kevlar vests
Cop who catfished girl before murdering her family was detained in 2016 for psychiatric evaluation
Democrats Didn’t Just Win Georgia. They secured a firmer grip on the Senate.
Global Partners May End Broad Covid Vaccination Effort in Developing Countries
Schoolgirl raped by teen boy at party in the Blue Mountains accused of fabricating the story
The key statistics about Trump’s endorsement track record this year.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon says inflation could tip the US economy into a recession next year
Redback spider bite turns into years of hell for Edenhope mum with doctors warning of amputation
Khashoggi killing: US federal court dismisses lawsuit against Saudi Arabian prince Mohammed bin Salman
San Francisco Backtracks on Plan to Allow Police Robots to Use Deadly Force
Ex-Channel Nine star Cameron Williams to sell bush retreat where he allegedly assaulted his wife
Juul Agrees to Settle Thousands of Vaping Lawsuits
Five actresses sue Cosby for ‘drugging, groping and raping them’ as far back as 1969 as well as NBC
Orion Leaves Lunar Sphere of Influence, Heads for Home – Artemis
Candy Baath actress Flora Saini accuses ex-boyfriend of killing her, Shraddha Walker gets solidarity with the case
Hilaria Baldwin joins husband Alec at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala
Father of murdered Idaho student retains lawyer and considers suing inept Idaho police
Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring to New York gala
Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Shashma’s Tabu Akka Raj Anaadkat Cutes show ‘Time to put speculations to rest…’
Kate Middleton wears brooch showing portrait of late Queen Elizabeth II
US ‘not encouraging’ Ukraine to STRIKE beyond boundary, says state dept spokesperson
Olivia Wilde slips into see-through dress at the People’s Choice Awards.. after Harry Styles split
The Ankylosaur’s Club-Tail Wasn’t Only Swinging at T. Rex
Mayor Eric Adams, Fined For Rats on His Property, Takes on City Hall
Trump’s Company Is Guilty of Tax Fraud, a Blow to the Firm and the Man
Clash Over Vaccine Mandate for Troops Snarls Annual Defense Bill
Polls CLOSE in Georgia: Wait begins for results in race between Walker, Warnock
Anne Heche had cocaine in her system at the time of her fatal car crash into a home
US Court Dismisses Suit Against Saudi Ruler in Khashoggi Killing
Cristiano Ronaldo walks off on his own as his team-mates celebrate 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland