Blue Origin’s former head of employee communications Alexandra Abrams, who authored a critical essay about Jeff Bezos’ space company, has denied a claim that she was fired after repeated warnings about federal export control regulations. Abrams issued the following statement:
I never received any warnings, verbal or written, from management involving federal export control regulations. When I was contacted by an internal software engineer about potential opportunities for violations within the 3rd party software “SocialChorus,” I immediately raised the concern with the Information Security Department and escalated it to senior management. I then initiated a root cause investigation supported by safety and mission assurance. As a communications professional, and part of the non-technical staff, I was not responsible for certifying or approving any compliance of any 3rd party software architecture. And to-date, so far as I’m aware, the software in question is still used by Blue Origin, and Amazon.
Blue Origins issued the following statement in the wake of Abrams’ essay, which she said was supported by 20 current and former employees, that alleged the company has a toxic culture with sexism, excessive working hours and a lax attitude about safety.
Ms. Abrams was dismissed for cause two years ago after repeated warnings for issues involving federal export control regulations. Blue Origin has no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind. We provide numerous avenues for employees, including a 24/7 anonymous hotline, and will promptly investigate any new claims of misconduct.
You can read the full essay here.