Elon Musk’s space company, SpaceX, has reportedly fired at least five employees after distributing a letter criticizing the well-known businessman. In their writing, they would also have called for a more inclusive culture at the company.
Reuters news agency writes that the letter criticizing Musk has been drawn up in recent weeks. The text would then have been shared as an attachment in a group chat that includes thousands of employees.
The letter writers argued, among other things, that SpaceX should distance itself from Musk’s “personal brand.” Due to the much publicity about Musk’s efforts to take over social media company Twitter, the entrepreneur is currently causing far too many distractions and also cause feelings of shame in the workplace at SpaceX.
The corporate culture in Musk’s companies is often criticized. Complaints about this have been made in the media for some time now. SpaceX has not yet responded to requests for comment.
According to The New York Times, which previously wrote about the matter, SpaceX director Gwynne Shotwell is said to have sent an email stating that the company was investigating and terminating some of the employees involved in the letter. Other employees are said to have felt “uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied or angry” by their statements.