As TikTok’s days are numbered in the US, caused by Trump’s executive order that will ban the video-sharing app by mid-September if it does not cut ties with China, TikTok’s employees are suing the Trump administration.
The employees of TikTok’s US operations are also on edge as to what could happen in the blockbuster app’s future. Even if US President Donald Trump has signed the executive order that will barr any US transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s current owner, it is still unclear how broad the order is or if it means TikTok’s US employees would be deprived of their paychecks on September 20.
Patrick Ryan, an employee of TikTok, started a GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of raising $30,000 for the purpose of filing an injunction “so that a court can order the government to change the order so that TikTok can still pay employees.” As of August 14, the campaign has already raised more than $11,000.
A lawyer who is working on one of the lawsuits against the current administration, Mike Godwin, took on Twitter to announce he is working on a case that will defend the app’s employees’ rights. “I believe that the U.S. government with its overbroad executive order has put employees’ Constitutional rights, including the right to be paid, in jeopardy,” added Godwin. Turns out, Godwin has been hired by Ryan through the Blackstone Law Group in New York.
In an interview via CNET, Godwin dove into the topic further by saying the order violates the 5th and 14th Amendments that states no one shall be relieved of life, liberty, or property without the necessary due process of law.
The White House has not yet given a clear response as to what extent the order can change TikTok’s business. However, TikTok itself is suing the current administration arguing there is no strong evidence over the accusation that the Chinese government has access to the app’s data. “What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses,” ByteDance executives wrote in a statement.