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Disabled employees of Twitter forced to resign due to Musk’s “hardcore” demands.

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Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

Disabled workers are suing Elon Musk’s Tweet, claiming that his recent demand for “hardcore labor” has made them quit.

Since acquiring Twitter in October, the billionaire owner has reduced at least half the 7,500 employees. Musk issued a request to all remaining employees this week, stating that those who want to remain would have to be “extremely hardcore” and work long hours at high intensity. Those who did not reply “Yes” by Friday evening were to be fired. ET on Thursday, November 17th, would see Musk announced that he would lay off all employees with three months of severance.

This motivational push received a less-than-positive response. The workforce was so slack that Twitter shut down offices on Monday to tease who could still access company facilities. Musk won’t be able to handle a new wave of voluntary defections alone.

Wednesday’s San Francisco Federal Court case brought a class action suit on behalf of Dmitry Borodaenko (engineering manager), a survivor of cancer who requested to work remotely due to the higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Borodaenko was fired from the company earlier in the month. He had been working at Twitter since June 2021 and wanted to work remotely. According to the lawsuit, he also accused the company of violating federal and state discrimination laws.

Forces to resign

Musk seemed to soften his tone regarding remote work Thursday afternoon. He sent a follow-up email to employees, stating that he needed an “excellent contribution” and that staffers should meet in person no less than once per month.

The lawsuit claimed that many disabled employees who had and would continue to perform their jobs well felt that they could not meet this new standard of performance and productivity because of their disability. Therefore, many of these employees felt forced to resign,” the lawsuit stated.

Musk’s overwork culture and requirements “do not permit employees who require reasonable accommodation to their disabilities,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit argued that the sheer volume of layoffs had piled pressure on the remaining employees. Borodaenko’s responsibility as a manager grew from 10 to 16. Staff was also told they would be expected to work “24/7”.

Shannon LissRiordan, Borodaenko’s lawyer, has filed additional lawsuits against Twitter for former employees. These include complaints about not receiving a severance package and lack of notice before job cuts.

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