Twitter owner Elon Musk lashed out at San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday after the city launched an investigation into the company’s headquarters.
According to KQED Editor-in-Chief Ted Goldberg, San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspections is investigating reports on Twitter that a tech company has converted several office spaces into dormitories for employees.
The department told KQED it was contacting the building’s management to set up a “site inspection” to make sure the building was “being used for its intended purpose.”
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In response to Goldberg’s tweet about the story, Musk tagged Breed and linked to a San Francisco Chronicle article about a toddler’s fentanyl overdose at a city playground.
“So instead of protecting kids from fentanyl, the city of SF attacks companies that provide beds for tired employees. Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?” Musk wrote.
Several other prominent Twitter users criticized San Francisco for launching the investigation, with some questioning whether Musk would move his company’s headquarters out of California.
Reporter Tatiana Pasalic quoted David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate and workplace services, as saying that no job can be filled without a “wake-up.”
“Looks like we need cops to investigate more than just Elon. Workers’ rights shouldn’t be violated,” he added, referring to a Yahoo News article titled “These 10 Companies You Can Have Fun With.”
The article featured several high-profile companies, including Uber and Nike.
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“People who have worked in tech for years will read this thinking ‘Wait, you can’t sleep in your office?’ Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale made the call.
Caitlyn Jenner, who has owned businesses in California for decades, called it the “worst state” for labor laws.
“Absurd! Sleep/rest areas are a great benefit for employees. Also, not uncommon! Big CA (and snowflake-induced) labor problem, again! Worst case for labor laws!” Jenner tweeted.
The story that Musk outfitted Twitter’s headquarters with bedrooms for employees was first broken by Forbes’ Cyrus Farivar and Kathryn Schwab on Monday.
“Elon Musk’s ‘hard-line’ approach to Twitter appears to be manifesting itself in a miserable little conference room at the company’s recently laid-off headquarters,” wrote Farivar and Schwab.
The rooms are said to have had “unwashed mattresses”, “scary curtains” and large conference room monitors.
The news outlet withheld the name of its source out of “intentional fear.” San Francisco launched an investigation the next day.