A bunch of SpaceX workers who circulated an open letter criticizing the corporate’s founder, Elon Musk, have been fired from the corporate. Musk has just lately been the topic of sexual harassment allegations, and hundreds of employees reportedly signed the letter calling on SpaceX to take a harder stance on sexual harassment by “maintain[ing] all management equally accountable” for unacceptable conduct.
The letter criticized Musk’s public conduct and stated it was a distraction for workers at SpaceX and was not conducive to a optimistic picture of the corporate among the many public. “Elon’s conduct within the public sphere is a frequent supply of distraction and embarrassment for us, significantly in latest weeks,” the letter learn partially, as reported by the New York Times. “As our CEO and most outstanding spokesperson, Elon is seen because the face of SpaceX — each tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public assertion by the corporate.”
Musk has lengthy been a controversial determine, with actions like smoking marijuana on Joe Rogan’s show to being sued by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) for tweets that affected the share costs of his firms. However in latest months the tide of public opinion about him appears to have shifted from seeing him as a lovable rogue to one thing extra regarding. He has been accused by a flight attendant of sexual harassment for which SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement (an accusation that Musk denied), and a Tesla investor has sued him for making a “poisonous” office together with racial discrimination and harassment.
With Musk’s provide to buy Twitter, his tweeting has gained much more consideration, with him replying to tweets crucial of Twitter workers and sparking a wave of online attacks towards them. Within the open letter from SpaceX workers, as described by the Occasions, the workers say that the corporate ought to condemn this “dangerous Twitter conduct” and that “SpaceX should swiftly and explicitly separate itself from Elon’s private model.”
The letter was first circulated on Wednesday this week, and the Occasions reported that numerous workers who organized and distributed the letter have been fired by Thursday afternoon. It has since emerged that at the least 5 workers have been fired associated to the letter, as reported by Reuters. Based on labor attorneys consulted by The Verge, these firings could have been unlawful below labor legal guidelines defending employees’ rights to prepare to higher their working situations.