- A lawyer has filed for arbitration on behalf of 100 Twitter workers who lost their jobs.
- Since Elon Musk took over, Twitter’s behavior has been “incredibly outrageous,” Shannon Lees-Riordan said.
- He added that this was just the “first wave” of arbitration requests against the company.
A lawyer representing former Twitter staff says the company’s behavior has been “incredibly outrageous” since new owner and CEO Elon Musk took over in late October.
Shannon Liss-Riordan on Tuesday filed 100 requests for arbitration on behalf of 100 former Twitter employees who lost their jobs and signed arbitration agreements after Musk bought the company, according to a press release from her firm, Lichten and Liss-Riordan .
“My company has spoken with hundreds of Twitter employees seeking to preserve their rights and receive the compensation they are owed,” Liss-Riordan said in a statement.
“Twitter’s behavior since Musk took over has been unbelievably outrageous, and we will pursue every avenue we can to protect our employees and recover from Twitter the compensation they are entitled to.”
He added that this was just the “first wave” of arbitration requests against the company. “More to come,” he said.
Liss-Riordan told Reuters the workers had signed agreements saying they would bring legal disputes against the company in arbitration rather than in court, likely barring them from joining the four pending class-action lawsuits she has already filed against Twitter.
The law firm said Tuesday’s filings included claims that had already appeared in the class-action lawsuits, including accusing the company of breach of contract related to severance pay, of targeting female workers with layoffs and of firing staff on parental or medical leave against violation of federal law.
Some of the new filings also include claims that workers lost their jobs because Musk made “unreasonable demands” on the workforce.
After Musk completed his $44 billion buyout deal on Oct. 27, he quickly fired some of the company’s top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal.
The following week Musk began laying off staff, with about half of the company’s 7,500-person workforce cut. Musk also began firing some employees who criticized him and his leadership of the company.
The rest of the workers were then given an ultimatum. Staff were asked to respond to an email from Musk and commit to his vision for “Twitter 2.0,” which he said involved working “long hours at high intensity.” Staff who did not register by a certain time were dismissed.
One of the pending class action lawsuits filed by Liss-Riordan in California accused the company of pressuring disabled employees to leave because they felt they could not meet the new performance standards.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.