At least five employees have been fired by private rocket company SpaceX after they wrote and distributed an open letter criticizing founder Elon Musk and calling on the startup’s executives to make the company’s work culture more inclusive, according to two people close to the file.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that SpaceX has terminated employees associated with the letter, citing three employees with knowledge of the situation.
He did not specify the number of employees made redundant.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell sent an email saying the company had investigated and “terminated a number of employees involved” with the letter, the New York Times said.
The newspaper said Shotwell’s email said employees involved in distributing the letter had been fired for making other staff “uncomfortable, intimidated and intimidated, and/or angry because that the letter urged them to sign something that did not reflect their point of view”.
Reuters could not independently confirm this report.
The previous open letter to SpaceX executives seen by Reuters called Musk a “distraction and embarrassment” to the company he founded.
In a list of three demands, the letter said, “SpaceX must quickly and explicitly part ways with Elon’s personal brand.”
He added, “Hold all leaders equally accountable for making SpaceX a great place to work for everyone” and “identify and respond uniformly to all forms of unacceptable behavior.”