PulteGroup is firing its new COO after a lawsuit alleging harassment on Twitter

PulteGroup fired its new COO after the company’s founder’s grandson sued the CEO this week, alleging he harassed him on Twitter.

Brandon Jones, senior vice president of field operations, is leaving the company “effective immediately,” according to a press release on Friday, after an “independent investigation” determined that he violated the company’s code of ethical conduct. Jones was slated to become the second in command of the Atlanta-based homebuilder next month.

The announcement comes after Bill Bolt, the grandson of the late William J. Bolt — who founded the company in Detroit in the 1950s — sued Jones on Wednesday. In the defamation case, the defendant is accused of having a grudge against him and using several fake Twitter accounts to harass him and other members of Bolt’s family.

Attempts to contact Jones by phone on Friday were unsuccessful. Executive Director Ryan Marshall is taking over Jones’ responsibilities on a temporary basis.

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