Author: Kelly Shiloh
A lot has been going on at Twitter Inc. in recent weeks, the most recent of which is the ongoing mass layoff. Following the acquisition of the social platform, Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO, laid off a large number of employees.
Following the layoffs, about five employees went to federal court in San Francisco on Thursday to file a class action lawsuit against the social platform. Former employees who are suing Twitter claim that they were not given the required 60-day notice under federal and California law.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about Twitter’s lawsuit.
Let’s jump right in!
Twitter Layoffs Employees Without Notice
According to former Twitter employees affected by the mass layoffs, the company informed them of the layoffs on Thursday evening, just a few days after Elon Musk took control of the company. The company plans to lay off approximately half of its workforce, or about 3,700 people.
Twitter stated in an email to employees that they would receive an email informing them of their employment status. Employees who still have a job at Twitter will be notified via their work email, while those who do not will be notified via their personal email.
Some employees did receive severance emails from Twitter on Thursday, informing them that Friday was their last working day and that they are still entitled to pay and benefits until the end of February, even if they are not working. Others reported being logged out of their Twitter accounts without notification of a layoff.
Twitter To Face Class Action Lawsuit
Employers are required to give advance notice under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) regulations within 60 days of mass layoffs or plant closures.
Former Twitter workers fired without notice hope this legal action will force the business to follow the law and give the required notice or severance payment.
The lawsuit asks the court to make an order demanding Twitter to follow the WARN Act. Furthermore, it aims to prevent Twitter from requesting that employees sign documents that could potentially waive their right to participate in legal proceedings.
On the other hand, Musk asserts that the business is losing more than $4 million every day and that there is no other option but to fire employees. Additionally, he claims that Twitter will provide each laid-off employee with three months of severance pay, which is 50% more than what was required by law.
The Bottom Line
Twitter is facing a class action lawsuit due to its mass layoffs, in which the company laid off several employees without notice. These unnoticed layoffs violate WARN Act requirements that employers notify employees at least 60 days before any mass layoff. Former employees who filed this lawsuit hope it will bring attention to Twitter’s violation of the law and that the court will order the company to follow due process and compensate them. We’ll bring you more information as the story develops!