TikTok Employee Action

Please help TikTok employees fight to keep our paychecks.

[Note: the GoFundMe banner says "raising on behalf of Justin Perri " but that's because Justin is with the law firm].

The White House’s executive order  dated August 6, 2020 will prohibit TikTok from paying its employees.  The order prohibits:

any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the         jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.”

This restriction means that approximately 1,500 ByteDance and TikTok employees in the USA will lose their paychecks as of September 20, 2020, because “any transaction by any person” is illegal after the order goes into effect.

Employees of TikTok have Constitutional rights and interests in this situation that are separate from our employer’s. Please help us assert those rights by raising $30,000 to file an injunction so that a court can order the government to change the order so that TikTok can still pay employees.  Although  it will cost much more to fully litigate the issue, we believe we can obtain an injunction with this initial budget.

We are only asking only for the right to continue to receive paychecks, not for anything else: no damages or any other payout.   Any money raised but not spent will be donated to charity.  All money will go straight to our law firm and I commit to provide final accounting of expenditures.

Thank you for your support.  This will mean a lot for the 1,500 TikTok employees and their families.

My TikTok video to accompany this is here: h https://vm.tiktok.com/J6Kstfm/


UPDATE 8/13: 
We've retained John Lovi with Blackstone Law Group to represent us.  Bio .
:: Retained Mike Godwin for legal advice and comms. Bio .
:: Why are funds going to Justin Perri? He's an associate with Blackstone.  Bio .

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Organizer and beneficiary

Patrick S Ryan 
Palo Alto, CA
Justin Perri 

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