According to a lawsuit, Twitter Inc. is refusing to engage in arbitration with former employees who claim they were not paid, promised severance pay, or discriminated against when Elon Musk took over the company. The company, now known as X Corp., has faced multiple lawsuits alleging labor and workplace violations, including failing to compensate thousands of workers laid off after Musk’s takeover. While 2,000 former Twitter employees have resorted to arbitration as required by the company, Twitter has not complied with this process.
In January, Twitter won a ruling that mandated workers who had signed arbitration agreements to resolve their grievances through closed-door hearings overseen by private judges instead of pursuing class-action lawsuits in public court. This legal maneuver often puts workers at a disadvantage as they face better-resourced opponents. Studies have shown that many workers give up rather than continue their fight in arbitration.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney representing former Twitter employees in various lawsuits against the company, has been filing arbitrations on behalf of individual workers. However, Twitter is allegedly refusing to pay the arbitration fees stipulated in its labor agreements.
The refusal by Twitter to participate in arbitration further harms its former employees who are seeking resolution for their claims. They argue that the company’s failure and negligence to abide by its own written agreement exacerbate their situation.
Twitter declined to comment on the matter.
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