Why Elon Musk Can Fire Anyone He Wants To

Rumor had it that Elon Musk planned to fire 75 percent of Twitter’s staff, prompting an “open letter” from some Twitter employees who called it a “transparent act of worker intimidation.”

That sounds scary and illegal. How dare Musk intimidate employees?

Well, while there are some National Labor Relations Act rights that prohibit companies from stopping employees from engaging in unionization or talking about working conditions, threatening to fire 75 percent of the staff doesn’t cut it.

Can Musk fire 75 percent of the staff? Now “people familiar with the matter,” said Musk said that wouldn’t happen, but he can if he wishes.

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9 thoughts on “Why Elon Musk Can Fire Anyone He Wants To

  1. Reportedly, a lot of Twitter employees are concerned about the direction Musk has announced for the company, particularly, the reversal of course on content moderation. If 75% of the employees are fired, or, if they all resigned en masse, would Twitter even be able to operate at all? I don’t use Twitter, but am bothered by the role it plays in spreading harmful disinformation and division, and worried that it will get even worse.

    1. Funny how the harmful disinformation that was allowed before was OK. Case in point was the White House tweet that claimed President Biden was solely responsible for the largest increase to Social Security in history. That is partially true – because the increase is tied to his inflation – but that increase was actually something that Nixon did in 1972. When it was fact checked the White House swiftly removed the tweet. You have to know that for those of us who have witnessed the sensorship or disinformation in the past are very much encouraged.

      1. I don’t agree that harmful disinformation is ever OK. Granted, Twitter is already a cesspool of disinformation, but — at least — they were making some efforts at content moderation. Ending those efforts probably will result in the “hellscape” Musk recently referenced.

  2. He can and I u sets tabs that but with the stays surrounding the ejections next week it might be bad PR to do something like that so quickly, sounds like a knee jerk reaction

  3. Wait!!


    You mean a business owner can do anything they want to, so long as they’re complying with applicable law?

    Are you sure?

    Doesn’t sound very American.

  4. Every employer has the right to evaluate their employees’ job performance and as a new owner of the company, Elon Musk, is perfectly within his rights to make changes to run the company as he wants, even if the changes might not make every employee happy. They, the employees, can choose to stay on or leave–that’s the definition of the right to work–the only guarantee of keeping a job is to accept that changes occur and either deal with it or not. What these highly paid Twitter employees are dealing concerned about is having to actually do more efficient work in the time they are present at work. If I had all those extra “incentives benefits” they have at the Twitter workplace, I would not be complaining so much. No workplace needs a bunch of lazy complainers about changing the aim of the job, they are still getting a paycheck ( a nice 6 figure income paycheck)

    1. I am adding to my reply to this article based on what I am reading via multiple sites concerning the layoffs and the timing. If my calculations are right, the layoffs of the staff were part of the purchasing agreement in the contract for the sale, so all this notice of the suddenness of the layoffs is deliberately leaving out that point because of the assumption that the sale would never occur. What made me realize this was the last-minute court appeal by a group of (probably now former Twitter employees) that they were not given the required by-law notice. Elon Musk may do things a bit weirdly but he does follow laws in place for contract agreements. Remember, we were not given all the fine details of the contract that caused the delay in the purchase other than what the former Twitter owners were presenting. Sure it feels bad to be fired at any workplace but don’t burn your past employment company by posting as many negative comments as possible, just because you assumed that you can’t get fired. But reading about these antics is now exposing why Twitter was controlling what was allowed to be posted. As a side note, that blue check next to your name didn’t mean anything because they only verified your account if you didn’t post within their allowed “guidelines” and then blocked your account if you limited who could follow you. They wanted all accounts to be viewed by everyone, especially the bullies/bots. so you could be harassed.

      1. You misunderstand almost everything about the situation. Were I you, I would keep my opinions to myself so the world doesn’t know how ignorant and poorly educated I am.

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