Twitter Executive Avoids Getting Fired With Injunction


Twitter’s Ireland-based global vice president of public policy secured a temporary injunction from the High Court of Dublin to keep her job.

According to The Irish Times, Sinead McSweeney claims the company’s internal systems prevented her from accessing her work accounts.

The Twitter executive claimed it happened because she did not reply “yes” to Elon Musk’s email that asks employees to commit to the company’s “extremely hardcore” culture.

Elon Musk requires workers to work hardcore or quit.

This is Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk took over the social media platform on October 27, 2022. He marked the acquisition by changing his Twitter bio to “Chief Twit.” 

However, Musk also implemented significant changes to the company. He removed nearly half of the company’s workforce a week after his takeover deal.

Moreover, the new head sent an email on November 16 that requires workers to confirm that they will comply with Twitter’s intense work ethic or leave.

If an employee did not choose “yes” on the form attached to the email, McSweeney said it would automatically “treat that as a resignation.”

The action would provide two months’ worth of payroll with benefits and a month of severance pay. Yet, the Twitter executive said she did not select the “yes” option.

According to The Irish Times, McSweeney never responded to the message because it did not outline Musk’s expectations for workers who decide to stay.

Additionally, the severance package did not meet her “contractual entitlements.” 

Twitter lawyers allegedly confirmed that McSweeney wanted to stay at the company. Also, they said they would restore her account access.

Unfortunately, The Irish Times said the Twitter executive still could not continue her duties. Justice Brian O’Moore granted her an injunction on Friday.

It is a court order that requires one or more parties in a civil trial to stop doing something. McSweeney’s injunction prevents Twitter from terminating her employment. 

However, it does not reinstate her company role. The High Court of Dublin will revisit her case next week.


Sinead McSweeney is not the only Twitter executive who faces uncertainty regarding their employment. 

For example, former head of ad sales Robin Wheeler resigned in November. Musk asked her to stay but fired her anyway. 

That is why some users quit Twitter and found alternatives like Mastodon. You can explore other social media sites and follow more updates at Inquirer Tech. 

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