Following Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, a former executive who is now known as X has taken legal action, asserting that he was sacked for protesting proposed budget cuts.
In response to Musk’s planned layoffs, the executive claimed that the firm would be unable to comply with a US government settlement on its security measures.
Former Twitter head of information security Alan Rosa took legal action in federal court in New Jersey late Tuesday, claiming retaliation, breach of contract, and wrongful termination among other things.
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A request for comment was not promptly addressed by X Corp.
According to Rosa, shortly after Musk took over the firm last year, he was instructed to half the funding for physical security in his department and disable the software that allowed Twitter to share data with police forces worldwide.
According to Rosa, he raised concerns about the changes because they could compromise Twitter’s compliance with a $150 million settlement it reached in early 2022 with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC had accused Twitter of misusing users‘ personal information. Twitter was obligated to establish safeguards to secure sensitive information as part of the agreement.
The lawsuit states that within days of voicing those concerns, he was let off from his position. The amount of compensatory and punitive damages, as well as Rosa’s legal bills, remain unclear.
A slew of lawsuits filed by X Corp’s former employees and management have been piling up since Musk took over the firm and fired over half of the employees to save money.
Among the many allegations made in these lawsuits is that the corporation discriminated against women, people of color, and those with disabilities, did not provide adequate notice of impending mass layoffs, and neglected to pay severance payments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars to departing employees. Misconduct has been refuted by X Corp.