Six former senior Twitter employees have launched a lawsuit against the social media giant and Elon Musk, the company’s owner. In the explosive complaint, Elon Musk’s crew is accused of breaking construction codes, as well as municipal and federal laws, numerous times at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. The former workers argue that they were not given the severance benefits they were promised, and they give in-depth accounts of allegedly given orders to turn off lights, install non-compliant door locks, and commit other infractions. San Francisco officials have launched a fresh inquiry as a result of these allegations.
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Violations of Building Codes and Laws:
The complaint draws attention to a number of questionable decisions made by Musk’s group at Twitter’s Mid-Market headquarters. Former Twitter lead project manager for global design and construction Joseph Killian recalls being told to break building regulations while making spaces for worn-out workers to sleep. Killian claims that despite the landlord of the property objecting and in violation of both the building code and Twitter’s lease agreement, he was asked to install space heaters and disable motion-sensitive lights.
Additionally, Killian asserts that he was told to install door locks that did not meet egress and life safety standards. In an emergency, these locks wouldn’t automatically unlock, which may prevent first responders from getting inside the rooms. Killian expressed worries about this, but Musk’s team allegedly ignored them. The lawsuit also claims that Killian was instructed not to divulge the planned improvements when municipal inspectors visited the building, and that the inspectors were taken aback by the little adjustments they saw.
Non-payment of Severance Packages and Rent Disputes:
In addition to the infractions of the building codes, the former workers claim that Twitter breached their contractual obligation to pay severance benefits. Former senior workers of Twitter Wolfram Arnold, Erik Froese, Laura Chan Pytlarz, and Andrew Schlaikjer all claim they were let go without receiving the severance money they were due.
The lawsuit also clarifies a disagreement about rent payments. Twitter allegedly ceased paying vendors and office landlords, according to Tracy Hawkins, who oversaw the company’s real estate business. This allegedly led to multiple lawsuits, including one from Shorenstein, the owner of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. Elon Musk’s adviser, Pablo Mendoza, is believed to have said that Musk would only make rent payments “over his dead body,” while Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, is alleged to have made disparaging statements about San Francisco. These acts have made the legal dispute more difficult and led the former employees to ask for punitive damages.
City Investigation and Response:
The mayor of San Francisco has responded to the explosive claims made by the former workers. A new complaint will be filed and the claimed violations will be looked into, according to Patrick Hannan, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Building Inspection. The purpose of this investigation is to ascertain the truthfulness of the claims made by the former workers and to prosecute those accountable for any violations of the law or building codes.
The company’s auto-reply to a request for comment was a poop emoji, which was an unusual response from Twitter to the complaint. The company’s handling of the serious claims made against it and its desire to solve the problems brought up by its former employees are both raised by this dismissive attitude, which raises questions.
Serious charges of breaking laws and construction rules are made in the lawsuit that six former senior workers filed against Twitter and Elon Musk. The allegations of knowing violations of state and municipal laws, the nonpayment of promised severance benefits, and the directives to install nonconforming door locks draw attention to possible violations of worker safety regulations and rights. Officials in San Francisco have launched a new inquiry, which shows how seriously they are treating these allegations.