While Elon Musk’s brutal management methods are condemned by Twitter employees, SpaceX employees have been fired for releasing a letter pointing the finger at the same practices.
“Choosing Between Professional Concerns or Going to Mars”. This is what a SpaceX employee was offered by his manager after sharing an internal letter with his colleagues condemning the company’s management practices. The same letter led to the dismissal of eight employees, according to New York Times.
This week, Elon Musk told Twitter employees to prepare to work hard or leave the company. Brutal management practices are also condemned by SpaceX employees. Charges filed with federal regulators accuse the company of illegally firing eight employees following the publication of an open letter criticizing Elon Musk’s management practices.
“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of embarrassment to us,” the letter said. The charges highlight Elon Musk’s firm grip on the workplace, perhaps even beyond the limits of federal law.
Internal data showed that more than 1,000 people saw the letter within hours, more than 400 people signed it, many of them anonymously, the report said. New York Times. “SpaceX is Elon and Elon is SpaceX,” Jon Edwards, vice president of SpaceX, reportedly said during a meeting between the authors of the letter and executives from the company, which has 11,000 employees.
Legal experts explained to the US media that the law gives employees the right to meet for “aid or protection”, which includes actions such as writing this letter. The law also calls on SpaceX to enforce its anti-harassment policies more effectively.
According to employees interviewed by New York Times, SpaceX maintains a work environment “that appears to condone sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination.” In December, a former employee published an essay describing several instances of harassment and complaining about the lack of follow-up after a case was reported. After the book was published, other employees began reporting new cases.
In May, the media Insider reported that SpaceX paid a company flight attendant $250,000 in 2018 after she accused Elon Musk of offering her sex.