Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Those employees — at least five individuals — have now lost their jobs.
The letter voiced complaints about how Musk’s public image has affected people associated with the company.
“The letter is a collective ‘Hey! We’re getting some heat for things that are unrelated to us,'” one SpaceX employee said of Musk, according to Reuters.
The letter featured three demands: a separation from “Elon’s personal brand,” more inclusivity, and for the company to “define and uniformly respond to all forms of unacceptable behavior.”
SpaceX employees were asked to sign the letter (publicly or anonymously) before sending it to company president Gwynne Shotwell.
However, the efforts seemed to have backfired. At least five employees associated with the letter have been terminated so far. After investigating the drafting and circulation of the letter, Shotwell sent a company-wide email announcing the termination of the individuals involved.
Shotwell said the employees were fired because their actions made others feel “uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” according to The New York Times.
SpaceX nor Musk has directly addressed the letter or the termination of those involved.