A federal judge in California threw out a case that said Twitter Inc. treated workers with disabilities unfairly by making them come to the office and work hard for long hours.
In a ruling released late Friday night in Oakland, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam said that the plaintiff, Dmitry Borodaenko, a former Twitter engineering manager, failed to show how CEO Elon Musk’s policies affected disabled workers more than non-disabled workers.
But Gilliam gave Borodaenko, who lives in Scotts Valley, California, three weeks to add more details to his planned class action lawsuit by filing an amended lawsuit.
Borodaenko, who beat cancer, says Twitter fired him in November because he wouldn’t stop working from home.
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Borodaenko’s lawyer, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said on Monday that she was going to file a new lawsuit with new facts.
The tweet below confirms the news:
“Elon Musk has shown through his words and actions that he doesn’t care at all about disabled employees,” Liss-Riordan said.
When asked for a reply, Twitter didn’t answer right away. The company has said in the past that its rules are not made with people with disabilities in mind.
Gilliam also said on Friday that a second plaintiff, Abhijit Mehta, who was also represented by Liss-Riordan, should have his claims heard in private arbitration instead of in court because Mehta had signed an agreement to have legal issues about his job heard in private arbitration. Borodaenko decided not to sign the deal.
The lawsuit is one of several that Twitter has to deal with because Musk fired about half of the people who worked for the business. Twitter has said that it didn’t do anything wrong in these cases, including ones where it was said that female workers were singled out for layoffs and that the company didn’t pay promised severance.
Liss-Riordan also works for almost 2,000 former Twitter employees who have made arbitration claims against the company.
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