Twitter has reinstated senior Irish executive Sinéad McSweeney after a general “dismissal” email, the High Court has said

Twitter has told the High Court that it has restored Ireland-based senior officer Sinéad McSweeney to her position at the company.

Last week, Ms McSweeney, Twitter’s global vice president for public policy, obtained a High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment.

She claimed that when she didn’t respond to a generic and vague email sent to all Twitter employees by billionaire owner Elon Musk earlier this month, she was treated as if she were no longer employed by the company.

She said she never quit her job but has been locked out of Twitter’s IT system and has no access to the firm’s Dublin office.

When the matter came back before Judge Brian O’Moore on Wednesday, Mark Connaughton SC, who appeared on Twitter with Rosemary Mallon BL, said the company offered pledges that Ms McSweeney’s access to all aspects of the company’s IT system and to Twitter to restore premises at George’s Quay Dublin 2.

The attorney said it was also Twitter’s intention to “turn down the noise” so the organization’s human resources department could begin negotiations with Ms McSweeney to resolve the dispute.

The attorney said that while his client is willing to offer the commitments, Twitter is also seeking an adjournment of the matter so that its side can formally respond to the claims made against him.

Frank Beatty SC, acting for Ms McSweeney by attorney Adrian Twomey, said while what was said to the court on behalf of Twitter was welcome, his client remained concerned about her employment status and whether commitments would be fully honored.

Ms McSweeney was concerned by Twitter’s initial reaction to her claims, and her attorney expressed the view that her request for an extension of the restraining orders should be heard pending a full hearing of the lawsuit in court.

Mr Justice O’Moore noted the company’s response and said he was “not sensitive” nor was he a “personnel manager” and would deal with the matter before him in accordance with the law.

He set out a timetable for the exchange of legal documents in the case and adjourned it to the end of December.

He initiated the orders previously issued, as well as the commitments offered by Twitter to remain in effect.

The judge also recommended that the sides should enter into talks “sincerely”.

Otherwise, the parties would go to trial “in January, February or March next year.”

In her lawsuit, Ms McSweeney said that by not responding to an email from Mr Musk to company employees, Twitter told her that she had accepted an exit package.

Although she did not resign, she said she was then locked out of Twitter’s Dublin office and its internal IT systems, including her company email account.

The court heard attorney letters were sent to Twitter on her behalf.

She claimed Twitter’s lawyers had confirmed to her that she had no intention of stepping down, confirmed that her commitment to her work had “never been questioned” and that her access to the IT systems would be restored.

Ms McSweeney claimed she was worried about her job over the “mixed messages” she had received from both Mr Musk himself and his senior associates in the US since taking over the company.

Mr Musk, she claimed, has run the company “in an unorthodox manner” since the takeover, hiring and firing “without any apparent logic” and said she doesn’t trust the company.

As a result, Ms. McSweeney sought and obtained an injunction preventing Twitter International Unlimited Company from terminating her employment contract,

The unilateral injunction, issued only unilaterally last week, also prevented Twitter from applying the terms of an email Mr Musk sent her on Nov. 16 last year to her contract or terms of employment.

She also obtained an injunction barring Twitter from communicating with third parties or posting information to say that her employment with the company has changed in any way since November 15.

https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/news/twitter-has-reinstated-senior-irish-executive-sinead-mcsweeney-following-generic-firing-email-high-court-told-42185817.html Twitter has reinstated senior Irish executive Sinéad McSweeney after a general “dismissal” email, the High Court has said

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