Now the SpaceX founder has caused further upset by bringing an end to remote working and implementing 40 hour weeks in the office. Musk warned employees last week of “difficult times ahead” in his first email to his remaining staff after sacking 3,700 Twitter employees.
He noted that the “road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed”.
His email added: “Remote work is no longer allowed, unless you have a specific exception.
“Managers will send the exception lists to me for review and approval.”
However, a new lawsuit has claimed that the Tesla CEO’s request to end remote working and for his staff to work “long hours at high intensity” discriminates against workers with disabilities.
Californian-based engineering manager Dmitry Borodaenko filed a proposed class action against Twitter in San Francisco federal court on Wednesday after he claims he was sacked for refusing to attend the office.
According to the former Twitter employee, the demands made by the new Twitter owner violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA states that employers must offer reasonable accommodations to staff members with disabilities.
The lawsuit stated that a number of employees at Twitter who have disabilities have been forced to leave the company due to the impossibility of meeting Musk’s standards of output and performance.
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She said that Musk’s takeover “put the company’s workers through a great deal of pain and uncertainty in such a short amount of time”.
Zoë Schiffer, managing editor of Platformer reported on Twitter around 23:52am GMT that Twitter’s employees have been alerted “that effective immediately, all office buildings are temporarily closed, and badge access is suspended”.
She later reported that it was understood that Musk and his top team are concerned about employees planning to sabotage the company and they need time to see which staff members need their access removed.
Ms Schiffer added: “Offices will reopen on November 21st. In the meantime: ‘Please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere’.”