💼💰 “Musk’s Twitter in the Hot Seat: Big Money and Poop Emojis on the Severance Severing Spree?”
Ex-Twitter employees, in their new class-action lawsuit, claim Elon Musk’s Twitter is stiffing them on severance payments after the mass layoffs last November. They say the company’s cut in the severance pay is not keeping up with the promises made, with the difference amounting to a staggering $500 million. In response, Twitter’s eloquent reply was a poop emoji. 💩💔
Are you sitting down? Good, because things are getting messy in the world of Twitter and its quirky owner, Elon Musk. Fresh from the oven of legal battles is a lawsuit claiming that Musk’s version of Twitter played Scrooge with severance packages to its former employees. Remember the mass layoffs last November? Now, the laid-off are firing back.
Courtney McMillian, a former Twitter HR leader, has taken the mantle to represent the ex-employees. She claims Twitter made sugary promises about its severance plan, particularly to senior employees, in an attempt to retain workers during Musk’s takeover. According to the allegations, Twitter had guaranteed the senior lot six months of base pay plus a week’s pay for every year of service, along with other benefits. 📝💼
But plot twist: the axed workers got a lump sum equivalent to three months’ pay, taking into account the state and federally mandated notice periods. The shortfall? A cool half a billion dollars. Yeah, you read it right. 💰😲
Musk, having trimmed Twitter’s workforce by a whopping 80% since the takeover, seems to be on a bit of a severance severing spree. The latest lawsuit adds to a string of legal actions brought against Twitter by its former employees over severance-related claims. Over 1,500 ex-employees have filed arbitration claims. All this action against the backdrop of an automated poop emoji response from Twitter’s PR – classy, huh? 🚽💩
Here’s a real kicker: the suit is looking for a loophole to avoid Twitter’s arbitration agreement. The argument is that the lawsuit relies on a federal law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which they say is exempt from Twitter’s arbitration rules. If the suit is granted class action status, it means that ex-employees may be able to jump onboard the lawsuit, irrespective of whether they’ve signed the arbitration agreement or not. 🏛️📚
In a riveting turn of events, this latest case is just another raindrop in Twitter’s thunderstorm of lawsuits. Claims from vendors, landlords, and business partners over unpaid dues, copyright infringement allegations from music publishers, and now, a threat to sue Meta over its rival platform, Threads, are all piling up on Twitter’s legal plate.
As Elon Musk’s Twitter navigates this tumultuous sea of litigations, what do you think of its response? Do you think Twitter’s “poop emoji reply” 🚽💩 was an appropriate reaction? Is the funny businessman just trying to lighten the situation or is he brushing off a serious matter with emoji humor? And more importantly, will this wave of legal battles spark a change in the company’s severance pay policy or simply serve as a costly lesson for Twitter? 🤔💥