Twitter Settles Case with Former Employee Over Return-to-Office Protest

Twitter recently reached a settlement with a former employee who claimed they were unlawfully punished for protesting the company’s return-to-office mandate.

The case, which involved software engineer Alexis Camacho, resulted in a finding of merit by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

If Twitter did not settle, the NLRB was prepared to issue a complaint against the company. The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed, and Twitter has yet to provide a comment or respond to inquiries about the case.

Twitter’s Return-to-Office Policy and Allegations Against Camacho

Following Elon Musk’s assumption of control over Twitter in October, he announced in November that employees would be required to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in the office. This decision effectively eliminated Twitter’s permanent work-from-anywhere option.

Camacho, in response to this policy, posted a message on Twitter urging co-workers to join together and take collective action against the company’s return-to-office mandate. In alleged retaliation for this act, Twitter placed Camacho on administrative leave.

Settlement and Reaction

The attorney representing Camacho, Shannon Liss-Riordan, expressed satisfaction with the settlement, considering it a fair resolution to the case. Liss-Riordan, who represents over 1,900 former Twitter employees with claims against the company since Musk’s takeover, emphasised the importance of vindicating the rights of their remaining clients through litigation, arbitration, and any other appropriate means. Liss-Riordan’s statement concluded by asserting that even the formerly richest man in the world is not above the law.


Worker Rights and NLRB’s Authority

Under federal law, workers have the right to discuss and engage in collective action regarding their working conditions, regardless of union membership. The NLRB, responsible for enforcing this law, possesses the authority to demand policy changes and provide back pay to affected employees. However, it does not have the power to hold executives personally liable or impose punitive damages on companies.

Musk and NLRB Clashes

This incident involving Twitter is not the first time Elon Musk’s companies have faced conflicts with the NLRB. In March, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an NLRB ruling that Tesla Inc. wrongfully terminated an employee at its California auto factory due to union activism.

The court also deemed one of Musk’s tweets to be an unlawful threat. In April, a judge from the NLRB ruled that Tesla violated the law by instructing workers in Florida not to discuss their pay. Additionally, a regional NLRB office in New York is investigating claims of illegal retaliation by Tesla against employees following an organising campaign at its Buffalo plant. Tesla has denied any wrongdoing in these cases.


Twitter’s settlement with Alexis Camacho highlights the challenges and legal implications companies face when dealing with employee protests and labor rights. The case underscores the significance of protecting workers’ rights to collective action and the role of the NLRB in enforcing these protections.

Musk’s involvement in similar conflicts further emphasises the ongoing tensions between labor rights and corporate interests.

Source: Bloomberg