Shortly after taking over Twitter, Elon Musk laid off round 50 % of the corporate’s workers. On the identical day, he tweeted that every one these laid off would obtain three months of severance pay. But, after two months of ready for the corporate to say what sort of severance and advantages will likely be out there, a number of former Twitter staff say they’ve heard nothing.
As weeks of ready flip into months, former staffers within the US are submitting arbitration fits, whereas some within the UK try to barter phrases. In different nations the place Twitter laid off workers, individuals have heard nothing.
Soon after the layoffs had been introduced, Twitter was compelled to backtrack and preserve some workers on payroll for longer. California staff had been employed, although not working, till January 4 to keep away from working afoul of the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN. In New York, former staffers will likely be employed for one more month in accordance with state legal guidelines. But as these deadlines move, Twitter’s silence has develop into deafening.
Seven former Twitter staff who spoke to WIRED mentioned that they had not obtained details about their severance, regardless of some coming as much as or being previous their final day on the firm. Last month, a handful of former staff introduced that they might be submitting arbitration instances towards the corporate, alleging that it had violated the WARN Act and that its dealing with of the layoffs constituted a breach of contract.
One former worker, who was laid off in November, is ready on authorized proceedings to see whether or not they’ll be given severance in any respect—and isn’t assured they are going to be. Another, who was laid off in early November, has heard nothing from the corporate.
A 3rd has but to obtain any particulars of severance, though they’ve been chasing Twitter for info since they had been fired in November. They had been promised not less than twice earlier than that they might be given particulars of their package deal—and every time the promised deadline handed with none info.
An ex-staffer within the UK says that they’ve additionally not obtained phrase about severance however are at present discussing phrases with the corporate on behalf of the some 300 workers based mostly within the nation.
A former worker from Twitter’s Accra, Ghana, workplace, which was open for lower than per week earlier than its complete workers was laid off, says that they, “like other staff globally, were assured severance but have not heard from them yet.” The former worker says they weren’t positive what, if any, recourse they could have towards the corporate in Ghana.
Twitter is, nonetheless, offering severance to some. One former contractor says their boss obtained their severance particulars on January 5. As for the contractor, they got a field of sweets by the company that received them the job at Twitter. All former Twitter staffers contacted for this story had been granted anonymity as a result of speaking to the media might have an effect on them being granted severance pay.
While some selected to attend till their official standing as staff expired on January 4, others selected to take preemptive authorized motion towards the corporate.