A change in ownership can affect a workplace in various ways and while sometimes such a change could bring new opportunities for growth, there are some scenarios in which this might lead to an unhealthy work environment. Workers in Michigan who require reasonable accommodations to perform job-related tasks may have concerns that new owners might not be willing to account for their needs or may instead subject them to unjust treatment. Several former employees of social media company Twitter have filed a class action discrimination lawsuit against the company and its new owner Elon Musk.
Allegations of discrimination
According to reports, the incident began when Musk bought the company and began making changes to operations. One person involved in the lawsuit says that he immediately fired a multitude of employees and shifted their workloads onto others. This person claims that previous management provided him with accommodations due to existing medical conditions but states that this was taken away by the new owner and he was eventually laid off.
The lawsuit states that several disabled workers have either lost their positions with the company or felt forced to quit their jobs due to exposure to unsafe or unhealthy work conditions. Many claim that they were required to work excessive overtime hours and were not able to comply with Musk’s demands. The lawsuit has accused the company and its new owner of discrimination and of failure to provide reasonable accommodation.
The presence of discrimination in the workplace can take a devastating toll on a person’s life and career. When facing such unjust treatment, individuals in Michigan who wish to protect their interests may find it helpful to speak with an experienced attorney for advice on their legal rights and options and on the best course of action to take. An attorney can evaluate the situation a client is facing thoroughly, assist in protecting against such treatment, and help prepare to pursue the full amount of restitution entitled through a claim against all parties deemed responsible.