A group of former employees who were laid off from Twitter’s African office last November is now pursuing legal action against the company.
These ex-employees allege that Twitter, now known as X, has not fulfilled its promise to provide them with the redundancy payments they were entitled to. Many of these individuals were only employed for a short period before being let go, and they argue that their treatment by X has adversely affected their mental well-being and family finances.
While Elon Musk, the new owner of the company, embarked on a massive global staff reduction, the African staff members involved in this lawsuit, numbering fewer than 20, had recently relocated to X’s new office in Accra, Ghana. They had spent around eight months working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic before moving to the new location.
The former employees maintain that they were initially informed that their contracts were being terminated, but they would be paid for one more month of work. However, they were swiftly locked out of their work emails, and no further salary payments were made. Since then, they have been engaged in a year-long struggle with X for compensation.
In September, both parties agreed that they should conclude all discussions and reach a settlement by October 5 at the latest. However, this deadline, like previous ones, was reportedly ignored by X. The employees have been left in a difficult situation, as they were allegedly “ghosted” by the company during negotiations, resulting in no severance pay or other work-related benefits, such as health insurance, stocks and shares options, and unpaid leave allowances.
The lawsuit brought against X by the Africa team is just one of several cases against the company initiated by other ex-employees, some of whom claim they have not received compensation following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of X last year. In some instances, X is alleged to have refused to pay substantial promised severance packages.
As the arbitration cases against the company worldwide exceeded 2,200 as of August, many of the affected former employees expressed their frustration and determination to seek the compensation they believe they are entitled to. The lawsuit by the African team reflects their ongoing struggle for their rights and due compensation.