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Twenty-one former and current employees of Blue Origin, the aerospace company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, issued a letter Claims Thursday the company disregarded security concerns to prioritize the company’s achievements in the billionaire space race, suppressed backlash and created a sexist work culture.

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The letter – whose lead author is a former Blue Origin head of employee communications, Alexandra Abrams – claims that female employees’ concerns were often shut down or removed at the company, and that senior leaders “consistently” deal with female employees. inappropriate” had worked.

The letter claimed that a senior executive close to Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith was reported multiple times for sexual harassment of human resources, but was instead promoted and placed on the hiring committee for a senior HR position. Kept.

Another former executive, who was reportedly close to Bezos, was also accused of calling female employees “condescending” names such as “baby girl,” “baby doll,” or “sweetheart” and physically assaulting them. Only after groping was he let go of the company. An employee.

Employees allege that the company has a pattern of prioritizing execution speed and cost reduction, citing a 2018 incident where a team documented more than 1,000 problem reports related to the company’s rocket engines , which were never addressed.

Abrams said one in CBS Interviewed that when she brought up the concerns of employees, leadership told her they did not have a “high-enough risk tolerance.”

The letter claimed that the employees felt “dehumanized” and experienced “suicidal thoughts” because of the company’s alleged desire to have them at other billionaire-backed aerospace companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin. Willing to push to their limits to compete with Galactic.

Blue Origin said in a statement Businesshala It will “promptly investigate any new claims of misconduct” and “has no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind.”

Blue Origin also said Abrams was fired from the company two years ago after “repeated warnings” for “issues related to federal export control regulations.”

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Blue Origin was founded by Bezos in 2000, and made rapid strides in space development. The company flew its first test vehicle in 2005 and the first rocket in 2006, and in 2012, conducted the first test of its New Shepard suborbital spaceflight system. In 2015, it successfully launched the second test flight of its New Shepard suborbital spaceflight system, the first time a rocket has gone into space and landed back on Earth. Bezos successfully launched into space with three other passengers on July 20, nine days after Branson’s Virgin Galactic began its initial space flight. Bezos said he will start selling tickets for the ride to space on New Shepard, approximately in July. $100 million The price of tickets on future flights was sold.

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