Allegations Twitter turning workplaces into 'motel rooms' being investigated

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Allegations that Twitter has turned workplace house at its Market Road headquarters in San Francisco into makeshift “motel rooms” for workers are going to be investigated, based on the San Francisco Division of Constructing Inspection.

The investigation comes after a report from Forbes cited sources who mentioned a number of workplaces on the constructing had been transformed into sleeping quarters.

The quarters had been described as “modest bedrooms that includes unmade mattresses, drab curtains and large conference-room telepresence displays” within the Forbes report. Zoë Schiffer, an editor at tech trade outlet Platformer, additionally alleged in a tweet that a library at the SF office had been transformed right into a sleeping space, quoting a present Twitter worker who described it as “cozy.”

A grievance filed by San Francisco’s 311 system, which steered the rooms violated the town’s constructing codes, was shared with Nexstar’s KRON. Textual content from the grievance reads, partially:

“Hi there, a number of workplaces at Twitter have apparently been was motel rooms for employees to dwell in, opposite to code.”

Patrick Hannan , the communications director with the SF Division of Constructing Inspection, confirmed that the grievance was being investigated, saying, “we examine all complaints,” including “we’d like to verify the constructing is getting used as supposed.”

“There are completely different constructing code necessities for residential buildings, together with these getting used for short-term stays,” Hannan mentioned. “These codes be sure that persons are utilizing areas safely. Everybody in San Francisco deserves a secure place to dwell, work, play and sleep and nobody is above the regulation.”

The division is reaching out to constructing representatives to conduct a website inspection as a part of its investigation, Hannan confirmed.

“If we discover suite 900 not meets the constructing code, we’ll concern a discover of violation, which will likely be posted to our web site,” added Hannan, who mentioned he expects the division to provoke its investigation within the subsequent 72 hours.

In response to information of an inspection at Twitter headquarters, CEO Elon Musk appeared to substantiate the corporate had arrange makeshift bedrooms whereas calling out at San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

“So metropolis of SF assaults corporations offering beds for drained staff as a substitute of creating certain youngsters are secure from fentanyl,” Musk tweeted. “The place are your priorities @LondonBreed!?”

In his tweet, Musk shared a hyperlink to a San Francisco Chronicle article describing reviews of a 10-month-old boy who suffered an unintentional fentanyl overdose whereas taking part in in one of many metropolis’s parks.