This CEO fired 900 on Zoom call, now being sued for 'misleading investors'

By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
Jun 08, 2022 11:22 AM IST

Vishal Garg, the Indian-American entrepreneur, had fired 900 employees over a Zoom call and later apologised facing severe backlash. In a recent mail to his employees, he said he is personally liable for SoftBank loan and after five years, he will have nothing. 

Vishal Garg, the CEO of, who drew flak for firing 900 of his staff on a single Zoom call, is again in the soup. A former employee of has sued the company and Garg accusing them of misleading the investors. Sarah Pierce, a former executive vice-president for sales and operations at the SoftBank-backed company, claimed in her lawsuit that Garg misrepresented's statements to ensure investors go through with a SPAC merger instead of withdrawing due to its financial condition.

Vishal Garg has again landed in a fresh controversy. 
Vishal Garg has again landed in a fresh controversy. 

A company lawyer, contacted by Reuters, said the claims were "without merit". is a company that offers mortgage and insurance products to homeowners. Headquartered in New York, the company is headed by Indian-American business entrepreneur Vishal Garg who came to the limelight last year after he fired 900 employees in a sweep at a Zoom call and later apologised for the way he handled the issue.

This year, Garg sent a mail to his employees where he acknowledged that he personally guaranteed $750 million of the $1.5 billion cash infusion into the company by SoftBank. "I am fully committed with everything I own and will ever own. Five years from now, when that SoftBank $750 million loan comes due around my 50th birthday, it means I have nothing. Well, at least we will have given it a real shot... this is true. I did personally guarantee three quarters of a billion dollars and I'm personally liable for it," he told the employees.

Garg has always remained controversial over his handling of the company but the mass firing over a Zoom call went viral. After the incident, Garg wrote an anonymous post on the company message board accusing those laid-off employees of stealing from the company by working just two hours a day. Later, Garg admitted that the post was written by him. "You guys know that at least 250 of the people terminated were working an average of 2 hours a day while clocking in 8 hours+ a day in the payroll system? They were stealing from you and stealing from our customers who pay the bills that pay our bills. Get educated," Garg wrote.

(With agency inputs)


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