Twitter is being sued by an ex-employee:Here’s why

Twitter is being sued by an ex-employee:Here’s why

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Elon Musk-owned Twitter is reportedly being sued by one of its ex-employees for failing to pay the expected cost of legal arbitration. According to a report by Bloomberg, the ex-employee filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California on July 3. The case is Fabien Ho Ching Ma v. Twitter, 23-cv-03301, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

The report says that Twitter Inc. is refusing to engage in arbitration with ex-employees who were fired when Elon Musk took over the company after pushing them to use that process to resolve claims that they weren’t paid, didn’t get promised severance, or were discriminated against, according to a lawsuit.

Twitter, now X Corp has been accused of failing to pay thousands of workers laid off in 2022 after Musk’s acquisition, violating numerous labor and workplace rules.

Bloomberg says that about 2,000 former Twitter employees have resorted to fighting their claims in arbitration as the company has demanded. But as per the complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, Twitter hasn’t shown up.

Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer representing former Twitter employees, said she continues to file arbitrations and is fielding calls from current employees filing such claims who argue the company hasn’t paid last year’s bonuses. 

Elon Musk took over the charge of Twitter last year after buying it for $44 billion. After taking charge, Musk fired about half of Twitter’s 7,500 workers in November, 2022. The layoffs continued in 2023 and the current headcount at Twitter is under 2,000, as per reports.

Elon Musk recently announced that non-verified users would be limited to 600 tweets per day while those with verified accounts can read up to 6,000 posts daily, with the limit being just 300 for newly-unverified ones. Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino in a statement, said that the ‘temporary limit’ was set in order to crack down on spam accounts. She stated that Twitter’s mission necessitated such measures to strengthen the platform and referred to the revamp as meaningful.

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Updated: 06 Jul 2023, 05:12 PM IST

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