Cựu giám đốc điều hành Twitter kiện Elon Musk đòi 128 triệu USD

phía nguyên đơn, bao gồm cả Parag Agrawal, cựu giám đốc điều hành, đâm đơn kiện sau khi họ mất việc trong thời gian ông Musk tiếp quản công ty năm 2022

Four former Twitter executives sued (kiện) Elon Musk on Monday, accusing (buộc tội) the billionaire of withholding severance payments (giữ lại khoản thanh toán thôi việc)worth $128 million after he fired them from the company during his 2022 takeover (tiếp quản).

When Mr. Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion, he fired Parag Agrawal, its chief executive; Ned Segal, its chief financial officer; Vijaya Gadde, its head of legal and policy; and Sean Edgett, its general counsel (tổng cố vấn). Mr. Musk later renamed the company X.

The executives had clauses in their contracts stipulating that they could receive severance if Twitter was no longer a public company — so when Mr. Musk took the company private in October 2022, they were entitled to the payments, the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims. The severance included one year’s salary plus unvested stock awards.

At the time of the takeover, Mr. Musk said that he could fire the executives “for cause” to avoid paying them severance. Mr. Musk told his biographer (người viết tiểu sử), Walter Isaacson, that he would deny the executives’ severance payments, saving himself about $200 million. He told Mr. Isaacson he would “hunt” the executives “till the day they die.”

Lawyers for the executives wrote in court documents (tài liệu tòa án): “This is the Musk playbook: to keep the money he owes other people, and force them to sue him. Even in defeat, Musk can impose delay, hassle and expense on others less able to afford it.”

A representative for X declined to comment. A lawyer for Mr. Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

source: nytimes,

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