Hiring Lawyers On Twitter Amid Burning Teslas and Harassment Claims; What Was Elon Musk Thinking?
Musk got a whole lot more than he bargained for
If you’re a hotshot lawyer itching to work under the world’s wealthiest man, he has put out a requirement that you just might be able to fulfill:
My commitment:— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
– We will never seek victory in a just case against us, even if we will probably win.
– We will never surrender/settle an unjust case against us, even if we will probably lose.
The unconventional (and perhaps desperate) job listing went up amid allegations of Musk sexually harassing a SpaceX flight attendance and paying her $250,000 for her silence, right before reports Tesla vehicles spontaneously bursting into flames surfaced. Elon Musk has vehemently contested the harassment claims, going on to explain that he was looking for ‘streetfighters’ — lawyers willing to get on the offensive and secure legal victories for Tesla.
Looking for hardcore streetfighters, not white-shoe lawyers like Perkins or Cooley who thrive on corruption.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2022
There will be blood.
While Twitter’s new adoptive daddy seems to have been confident about this posting, several replies to these posts — which number in the hundreds of thousands— decided to take the listing as unseriously as possible.
Here’s one three-pointer as requested by Elon Musk, from an Arizona law graduate (and beer enthusiast):
1. In July 2017, I drank 69 beers in one day— Clue Heywood (@ClueHeywood) May 20, 2022
2. I have encyclopedic knowledge of Arizona dive bars
3. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from a Tier 1 law school
These are ranked in order of importance.
Others pointed out Elon’s hypocrisy, especially considering the nature of litigation work and his free speech claims stating that the CEO may be in for a rude awakening sometime soon:
tl/dr: Elon is in favor of free speech, but he is also in favor of suing you if he doesn’t like what you say.— Grady Booch (@Grady_Booch) May 20, 2022
.@elonmusk— Eva Apostle (@EvaApostle1) May 22, 2022
Look at the case law and evidence you’ve built against yourself by fighting and losing, fighting and settling and forcing early adopters to go to NHSTA.
Litigation eats innovation money faster than an advertising budgets.
You are on a path to slow death. Calm down.
Finally, a contingent of users also brought up Elon’s shady recent history with sexual harassment claims, along with the safety hazards in modern Tesla vehicles:
No he’s expecting liability suits for the “self crashing” Teslas. He’s used NDAs for year to keep owners from whistleblowing when issues come up. Sign or we won’t fix the car. These AI crashes are more serious, will be harder to suppress. https://t.co/UeVUDJIH0r— Think 1st #Fight the 🦠-Vax, Mask, Ventilate💕💛💙 (@AlwaysThinkHow) May 20, 2022
In short, Musk got a whole lot more than he bargained for and we feel quite sorry for Tesla’s admin team too, since email@example.com must be overflowing with content that no hiring team really wants to see.
Many fans, customers, and shareholders seem to be worrying about Elon’s gameplan — Tesla’s shares, in fact, tanked a solid 10 percent last Friday, following the recent misconduct allegations.
(Featured Image Credits: AP, @Mjarchie1/Twitter)