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US labor board says X illegally fired a worker in retaliation for critical tweet

What To Know

  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has lodged a formal complaint against X Corp, alleging that the company’s termination of an employee who opposed Elon Musk’s return-to-office mandate last year was in violation of the law.
  • The NLRB asserts that X Corp engaged in retaliatory actions against software engineer Yao Yue for her efforts to rally employees against the newly imposed office policy.
  • In November 2022, when Elon Musk issued an ultimatum to Twitter employees, demanding their return to the office, Yao Yue encouraged her colleagues not to resign but rather to stand their ground, suggesting they should “let him fire you.
  • The NLRB’s complaint, filed by the San Francisco branch, alleges that Corp’s actions were in contravention of federal labor laws, accusing the company of “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees” who were merely exercising their legally protected rights, as reported by CNBC.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has lodged a formal complaint against X Corp, alleging that the company’s termination of an employee who opposed Elon Musk’s return-to-office mandate last year was in violation of the law. This marks the NLRB’s inaugural official complaint against the tech giant, as reported by Bloomberg. The NLRB asserts that X Corp engaged in retaliatory actions against software engineer Yao Yue for her efforts to rally employees against the newly imposed office policy.

In November 2022, when Elon Musk issued an ultimatum to Twitter employees, demanding their return to the office, Yao Yue encouraged her colleagues not to resign but rather to stand their ground, suggesting they should “let him fire you.” At the time, Musk had unequivocally stated, “If you can physically make it to an office and you don’t show up, resignation accepted.” Shockingly, Yao Yue found herself terminated just five days after posting about this on Twitter and sharing a similar message on Slack.

Musk’s X illegally fired worker challenging office return -US labor board

The NLRB’s complaint, filed by the San Francisco branch, alleges that Corp’s actions were in contravention of federal labor laws, accusing the company of “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees” who were merely exercising their legally protected rights, as reported by CNBC. A hearing has been scheduled for January 30 to address these allegations.

While this may be the first formal complaint against X Corp by the NLRB, it’s worth noting that allegations of employee retaliation are not unfamiliar within organizations led by Elon Musk. In early 2023, workers at Tesla’s Buffalo, New York facility accused the company of dismissing them for their attempts to unionize. Moreover, in 2022, eight SpaceX employees lodged a complaint with the NLRB, claiming that they were terminated for openly criticizing Musk.

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