One of about 4,000 Twitter employees fired in the tumultuous post-Elon Musk of the company acquisition says the company illegally targeted him for trying to help colleagues save documents before they abruptly left the company.
Former Twitter engineer Emmanuel “Manu” Cornet would have on Monday filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing them of retaliatory action days after Musk took over as CEO. This dismissal, according to the complaint, came in response to a Google Chrome Cornet extension built and shared with employees that allowed them to download email from their Gmail accounts. Twitter randomly moved to Fire around half of its global workforce last week and has already would have had to beg some of these workers to come back.
Cornet detailed some of the time leading up to his shot at his personal blog. With rumors of mass layoffs circulating on Twitter’s online channels, Cornet said he decided to download his email downloader from the Google Play Store and then sent a copy of this link to a Slack Twitter channel. Workers, now in hindsight, rightly fearful of sudden dismissal calls from their new boss, could use the tool to upload important documents such as performance reviews, inventory statements, key proofs of achievement and other human resources documents.
“Think about it: if you thought you would lose access to all your work email tomorrow, is there anything in there what you might need? said Cornet.
Twitter would have seen things differently. Cornet, in the lawsuit and on his blog, claims Twitter fired him the same day he shared the extension link on Slack. The post containing the link would also have been deleted. Cornet posted a redacted version of his termination email that said his “recent behavior violated multiple policies.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.
Cornet has had a busy few days away from Twitter. Last week he was the lead plaintiff in a class action accusing Twitter of potentially violating federal and state laws requiring companies to generally provide at least 60 days’ notice of major layoffs.
“A few people much smarter than me have suggested this might be an excuse to fire me because of a ‘troublemaker’ vibe coming from me,” Cornet said on his blog. “I don’t deny it, and I don’t blame the new management for preferring not to have to face that responsibility.”
The new complaint follows another unfair job complaint filing, this time by the Alphabet Workers Union, which accused Google of unlawfully blocking contract workers from accessing an online “Share My Pay” spreadsheet showing workers’ pay rates. The AWU says hundreds of workers have submitted their payroll details to this spreadsheet since its inception in 2021 in a bid to boost transparency in the workplace. According to the AWU, Alphabet withdrew access to this spreadsheet on July 14, leaving up to 50,000 workers excluded from the file.
“It’s clear that Alphabet and its various affiliates don’t want workers armed with knowledge about pay rates across the company,” said Shelby Hunter, president of the Alphabet Workers’ Union organization. , in a press release. “Every Alphabet worker, including temporary workers, suppliers and contractors, has the right to pay transparency and fair wages.”
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