Elon Musk to pay legal bills for employees fired after posting on X (formerly Twitter)
Billionaire tycoon Elon Musk has committed to paying the legal fees of former employees who were fired from their jobs for posting or liking something on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
In his August 6, 2023, statement posted at 6 AM, Mr Musk said there was no limits on whatever the issue and called on people to let us know what their legal issues are. His post attracted 140,200 retweets, 27,000 quotes and 848,400 likes.
“If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill. No limit. Please let us know,” said Mr Musk.
This opened the flood gates in the comment section for hundreds of people across the world to highlight what their legal issues are against former employers. Nairobi News sampled a handful of the legal issues mentioned in the comment section:
“Perfect! In 2016, when my married supervisor at work got me pregnant, I informed the employer and asked for help, yet the supervisor was nevertheless promoted whereas I was frozen out. I took to Twitter to protest what was happening. The employer retaliated against me for this AND also sued me for $1.5 million, 10 days after I had given birth, while I was nursing a newborn and recovering from a C-section, claiming that I had violated my “NDA” by disclosing that I was pregnant (that my pregnancy was “confidential” information owned by the employer). I have had to sue. I am grateful you will be covering this. P.S. The Trump Campaign is the employer. Thank you, Elon!” said A. J. Delgado.
“Dear @elonmusk, I got fired for ‘exceeding my right to freedom of expression’ as my ex-employer’s statement shows: “There have been several incidents on Twitter etc. where Goddek’s comments have exceeded his right to freedom of expression, as some of the comments made are based on obvious falsehoods which are apt to damage SINTEF’s reputation.” Being critical towards Covid and confronting those who discriminated against the unvaccinated with their OWN tweets is not a crime. I am now taking @SINTEF to court and I’m extremely happy to see that @X will support my case. Whom will I have to contact for further details?” asked Dr Simon Goddek.
“Dear @elonmusk. I am an official & my employer desired that I delete my Twitter Account. I didn‘t. As a consequence I was downgraded in my professional assessment & I was removed from my office. The court prozess is still running. How does it work if you need further details? 🙏,” wrote Dr Friedrich Purner, MPH to which a Mrs Mertes responded by saying, “If I remember correctly, @DrPuerner was removed from his leadership position as a public health official in November 2020 after publicly pointing out his professional view that cloth masks are completely useless (e.g.👇), masks shouldn’t be mandated for kids and PCR tests on random people are not suitable for diagnosing diseases. He got into trouble for indicating his job title in his Twitter bio as he was spreading such „dangerous misinformation“ about cloth masks and tests.), masks shouldn’t be mandated for kids and PCR tests on random people are not suitable for diagnosing diseases. He got into trouble for indicating his job title in his Twitter bio as he was spreading such „dangerous misinformation“ about cloth masks and tests.”
Many lauded Mr Musk for putting his billions to humanitarian use, for making X exciting again at a time many were leaving the platform for other social media sites and were unhappy with his leadership and wealth. However, others warned him to be careful that cons did not misuse his charity move to help them with fake or manipulated legal issues to make them appear as victims.