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Twitter Layoffs Likely Set Back Company’s Recent Diversity Gains

Layoffs include leaders of employee resource groups, while Musk’s plan to require office attendance is a blow to minority workers.

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Elon Musk’s ownership of Twitter Inc. and mass layoffs at the company stand to bring major setbacks for diversity and inclusion at the social-media platform. 

In his first week as owner, the billionaire fired Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, who had been a supporter of Twitter’s employee resource groups, and rolled back a “work from anywhere” policy that opened the company up to more diverse areas of the country. Chief People and Diversity Officer Dalana Brand tweeted this week that she resigned the day Musk took over.