March 4, 2024
A federal choose in California has tossed out a lawsuit accusing Twitter Inc of discriminating in opposition to staff with disabilities by requiring staff to report back to the workplace and put in lengthy hours working at excessive depth.US District Choose Haywood Gilliam in Oakland in a ruling issued late on Friday determined that plaintiff Dmitry Borodaenko, a former Twitter engineering supervisor, failed to point out how insurance policies set by CEO Elon Musk amid mass layoffs on the social media firm disproportionately impacted disabled staff.

However Gilliam gave Borodaenko, who lives in Scotts Valley, California, three weeks to file an amended lawsuit additional detailing his claims within the lawsuit, proposed as a category motion.

Borodaenko, a most cancers survivor, claims that Twitter fired him in November when he refused to cease working remotely. Musk, who acquired Twitter final yr for $44 billion, stated in a memo to employees in November that staff needs to be ready to work “lengthy hours at excessive depth” or give up.

Shannon Liss-Riordan, Borodaenko’s lawyer, stated on Monday that she deliberate to file an amended criticism including new info.

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“Elon Musk has proven his utter lack of regard for disabled staff by way of his phrases and conduct,” Liss-Riordan stated. Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The corporate beforehand has stated that its insurance policies weren’t focused at staff with disabilities.

Gilliam on Friday additionally dominated that claims by a second plaintiff represented by Liss-Riordan, Abhijit Mehta, belong in personal arbitration fairly than court docket as a result of Mehta signed an settlement to arbitrate employment-related authorized disputes. Borodaenko opted out of the settlement.

The lawsuit is one among a number of that Twitter is going through stemming from Musk’s choice to put off about half of the corporate’s workforce. Twitter has denied wrongdoing in these circumstances, together with ones claiming that feminine staff have been focused for layoffs and that the corporate did not pay promised severance.

Liss-Riordan additionally represents almost 2,000 former Twitter staff who’ve filed authorized claims in opposition to the corporate in arbitration.