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SpaceX Fired Employees For Criticising Elon Musk

media reports published Friday cited an email from Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, saying the company had terminated employees who put together and circulated the letter.

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SpaceX, world-leading space tech company run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has fired several employees involved in an open letter that blasted the colourful billionaire for his behaviour, according to media reports.

The media reports published Friday cited an email from Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president, saying the company had terminated employees who put together and circulated the letter. The letter writers denounced Musk for actions that they said are a “frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.”

The New York Times was the first outlet to report the purge, based on information from three employees familiar with the situation. The employees were not named.

It’s unclear how many SpaceX workers lost their jobs, but Shotwell left no doubt that the company believed they had crossed an unacceptable line.

“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,” Shotwell wrote in her email, according to the Times. “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”

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  1. It is unfortunate that the company feels they must retaliate when employees actually say what and how they feel. This only proves that management doesn’t give a rip about their employees. What it does say is that employees are a commodity to be used and abused for their own greed. Throw them a bone once in a while, but don’t let them speak out or you will be targeted as a decenter.

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