Twitter has settled a dispute with a top executive who was locked out of the company’s IT system after he didn’t respond within hours to a company-wide email from Elon Musk asking employees to join are on board with the new “Twitter 2.0”.
Inead McSweeney, Twitter’s global vice president for public policy, obtained an injunction last month preventing Twitter from officially firing her and was reinstated to her job but didn’t get all the reassurances she was hoping for. The High Court in Dublin was told on Tuesday that the case was now settled.
Frank Beatty, Ms McSweeney’s attorney, told Judge Brian O’Moore in a five-minute hearing on Tuesday that the dispute was “settled”. No details about the deal were released and attorneys declined to answer questions after the hearing.
Twitter employees have been on a roller coaster since Mr Musk took over in October. He has warned that Twitter is on the verge of bankruptcy and has created what he calls a “hardcore” work environment after drastic downsizing. In less than two months at the helm, he’s spooked advertisers, angered Twitter’s most fervent creators, and transformed the service from a forum for news discussion into a trending topic in itself.
In a Nov. 16 email, Musk asked employees to confirm if they wanted to stay with the new Twitter, which would require them to be “extremely hardcore” and work “long hours.” Ms McSweeney didn’t immediately answer yes, noting on November 18 that she was locked out of the company’s IT systems and treated as if she no longer worked there.
Ms. McSweeney joined Twitter in 2012 as Public Policy Director for EMEA. She has been regularly promoted and a year ago became the company’s global vice president for public policy. She said she didn’t click yes “due to the lack of information and transparency,” although she “never intended to quit as I love my job and trust my employer.”
Court documents show that after initial exchanges between her lawyer and Twitter following the November 16 email, Ms McSweeney received the necessary reassurances that her job was safe and that she could return. But when she did so on November 24 in preparation for a meeting with EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders that day, she was unable to enter Twitter’s premises.
She found that despite reassurances from Twitter, people had been informed that she was no longer working there and that someone else had already filled the role.
Twitter “cannot be trusted,” she said in court documents last month seeking a restraining order. Mr Musk runs Twitter “in a very unorthodox manner and has fired, rehired and fired employees with no apparent logic,” she said.
Twitter did not immediately respond to an email sent to its press team.
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