Elon Musk’s X illegally fired employee who challenged RTO plans: NLRB

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Elon Musk, complaint Against the company officially known as Twitter.

The NLRB’s “Region 20” branch in San Francisco claimed Friday that X violated the National Labor Relations Act by terminating the employment of Yao Yu, a lead software engineer, shortly after Musk took office in late October. The NLRB alleged that X fired Yue after she tried to organize other Twitter workers who were upset by Musk’s sudden change in the company’s work requirements.

CNBC reported that Musk sent emails to Twitter employees detailing his expectations, going so far as to say “any manager who falsely claims that someone reporting to them is doing an excellent job or that a particular role is necessary, whether remote or not, will be removed.” From the company.”

“If you can physically get to an office and don’t show up, your resignation will be accepted,” Musk said, according to the NLRB. That prompted several workers to express “concern and anger” over the directive to return to the office immediately, according to the original legal charging document filed in March.

Yue then tweeted, “Don’t resign, let him fire you. You won’t gain anything by resigning.” She also posted on a company Slack channel a message saying: “Don’t get fired. Seriously.”

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Several of Yu’s colleagues responded to her messages, according to the charging document. Meanwhile, Musk also directed his management team to examine any online and Slack posts “in order to determine who should be fired,” the document said.

Five days later, Yue was fired and told she was violating an unspecified company policy, the legal document said.

“Ms. Yu claims that Twitter selected her for layoff in retaliation for her attempt to organize her co-workers not to resign, so that they would have a better legal basis to challenge any separation from Twitter,” the document said.

The NLRB alleges that

An X spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“After 12 amazing years and 3 weeks of chaos, I have been officially kicked off Twitter,” Yu said in a tweet. tweet On November 15th. “I never expected I would stay this long, and I never expected to feel so relieved to be gone.”

The NLRB said it seeks to “indemnify Yao Yu for any direct or foreseeable financial harm, as well as other consequential damages incurred as a result of Defendant’s unlawful conduct” as well as provide “all other remedies as may be just and appropriate to remedy.” “Alleged unfair labor practices.”

A hearing on the case is scheduled for January 30 in San Francisco.

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