June 3, 2023

San Francisco officers are investigating Twitter after six former staff allege that proprietor Elon Musk’s management group broke legal guidelines in turning the corporate’s headquarters right into a “Twitter Lodge” for staff being pushed to remain up late to remodel the social media platform.

The San Francisco Chronicle experiences that metropolis officers are opening their newest investigation into the corporate that Musk took over late final 12 months.

That’s after the ex-employees, together with a former vice chairman of actual property, alleged in a lawsuit filed in a federal court docket in Delaware that Twitter didn’t pay them promised severance. Twitter is in search of to dismiss the case.

In addition they allege that Musk’s group ordered quite a few modifications to the corporate’s headquarters in a Thirties Artwork Deco constructing in downtown San Francisco that violated constructing codes. These modifications included disabling lights and including locks that wouldn’t open throughout an emergency, in line with the lawsuit.

One of many plaintiffs is Tracy Hawkins, Twitter’s former vice chairman of actual property and office, who was answerable for managing the corporate’s bodily places of work and leases. The lawsuit says Hawkins wasn’t initially against Musk’s takeover however “was compelled to resign when Elon Musk and his transition group insisted that she violate her skilled ethics by inflicting Twitter to deliberately breach its leases and different contracts.” The lawsuit claims Musk refused to pay lease on the constructing.

This isn’t the primary time San Francisco officers have tussled with Musk, who purchased Twitter for $44 billion in October and gutted a lot of its workforce as he transformed part of the corporate’s headquarters into bedrooms.

Earlier this 12 months, San Francisco constructing inspectors gave Twitter’s development contractor two weeks to submit a corrected constructing use allow if the corporate wished to maintain utilizing two convention rooms as bedrooms.

The town launched an investigation in December after Forbes reported on the beds, prompting proprietor Musk to lash out at San Francisco Mayor London Breed, regardless that there is no such thing as a proof she was concerned within the inspection.