Elon Musk likes to market himself as a new kind of CEO. But he is apparently little more than a thin-skinned dictator. The latest example is the firing of SpaceX workers who coordinated an open letter critical of him.
“SpaceX has fired employees who helped coordinate an open letter critical of chief executive Elon Musk’s behavior on Twitter and other public forums.
In an email to employees Thursday reviewed by The Washington Post, the rocket company’s president, Gwynne Shotwell, said the letter ‘made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied’ and pressured into signing a document that did not reflect their views.
She said the workers who’d coordinated the effort had been terminated, but did not say how many. The New York Times first reported the firings.
The letter called Musk’s behavior ‘a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment.’ It comes as the Tesla billionaire is in the midst of a high-profile effort to acquire Twitter and after a report in Business Insider alleging he had sexually harassed a flight attendant aboard a corporate jet, allegations Musk condemned as a “politically motivated hit piece” meant to disrupt his $44 billion bid for the social media platform. The Post has been unable to verify those allegations.
Musk and his companies were also served with a lawsuit Thursday for allegedly defrauding investors as part of a scheme to promote the cryptocurrency dogecoin. The complaint argues that Musk was part of a ‘pump and dump’ racket that involved him hyping dogecoin to attract more investors, then rapidly selling off his assets as their value peaked, tanking the rest of currency’s value.”
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