February 8, 2023

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Twitter promised them a severance package. you have nothing

Shortly after taking over Twitter, Elon Musk laid off around 50 percent of the company’s workforce. The same day he did tweeted that all those laid off would receive a three-month severance pay. But after waiting two months for the company to say what kind of severance pay and benefits will be available, several former Twitter employees say they haven’t heard anything.

As weeks of waiting turn to months, ex-employees in the US are filing claims for arbitration, while some in the UK are trying to negotiate terms. In other countries where Twitter has laid off employees, people have heard nothing.

Shortly after the layoffs were announced, Twitter was forced to back down and keep some employees longer on the payroll. California workers were employed until Jan. 4 even though they weren’t working to avoid violating the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). In New York, former employees are employed for an additional month in accordance with state law. But as those deadlines tick by, Twitter’s silence has become deafening.

Seven former Twitter employees who spoke to WIRED said they had not received any information about their severance pay, although some were on or past their last day at the company. Last month, a handful of former employees announced they would start arbitration proceedings against the company for violating the WARN Act and that its handling of the layoffs constituted a breach of contract.

A former employee who was fired in November is awaiting a court hearing to see if he’ll even get a severance package — and is unsure if he’ll succeed. Another, who was fired in early November, has not heard from the company.

A third has not yet received details of the severance pay, although he has been scouring Twitter for information since his sacking in November. At least twice before, they had been promised that they would receive details of their package – and each time the promised deadline passed without any information.

A former employee in the UK says he has not received word of a severance package either, but is currently speaking to the company about the terms on behalf of around 300 employees in the country.

A former employee of Twitter’s Accra, Ghana office, which was open for less than a week before the entire workforce was laid off, says they “have been promised severance pay, like other employees around the world, but have not heard from them “. The former employee says they weren’t sure what recourse they might have against the company in Ghana.

However, Twitter offers some severance packages. A former contractor says his boss received his severance pay details on Jan. 5. The contractor received a box of chocolates from the agency that got him the job on Twitter. All former Twitter employees contacted for this story have been granted anonymity as discussions with the media could result in them being awarded severance pay.

While some preferred to wait until their official status as employees expired on January 4, others chose to take pre-emptive legal action against the company.