SF Judge Sides with Elon Musk, Forces Ex-Twitter Employees to Drop Class Action Lawsuit for Arbitration

A San Francisco judge has overruled disgruntled ex-Twitter employees and sided with the company’s CEO Elon Musk.

U.S. District Judge James Donato ordered the ex-employees to drop their class action lawsuit and pursue their claims through individual arbitration.

The employees accused Twitter of not giving them adequate notice before firing them after Musk bought the company.

This is a significant win for Musk as class action lawsuits, especially public ones where the Twitter boss would be portrayed as a villain, can get expensive.

The lawyer who represents the plaintiffs, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said: “Insisting that workers file claims one by one has backfired for many companies our firm has taken on.

“These companies think they can make employees just go away and not assert their rights by using arbitration clauses, but we have made them sorry about what they wished for.”

Liss-Riordan said before the judge ruled against her clients:

“Now that the severance agreements have been sent to employees, Elon Musk has proven us correct: Twitter is in fact trying to shortchange employees and break promises.

“Musk’s decision to fleece Twitter workers isn’t just shameful – it’s also going to be very costly.

“These claims will be extraordinarily expensive and time-consuming for Twitter to defend.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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