Elon Musk’s Twitter is announcing that layoffs will begin
Elon Musk will start laying off employees at Twitter on Friday morning to a memo sent to staff, as several Twitter employees file a class-action lawsuit claiming the layoffs violate labor laws.
In an email sent out Thursday evening, employees were informed that they would receive a notification informing them of their employment status by 12 noon ET on Friday.
“If your employment is not affected, you will receive a notification via Twitter email,” according to a copy of the email obtained by CNN. “If your employment is in jeopardy, you will receive a notification with next steps via personal email.”
The email added that “to ensure the safety” of employees and Twitter’s systems, the company’s offices “will be temporarily closed and all access to badges will be suspended.”
The email concluded that it would be an “incredibly challenging experience” for the workforce.
The memo comes after news that Musk planned to lay off up to half of the company’s staff after buying it for $44 billion last week.
A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday alleges Twitter is violating the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act) after it has already laid off some employees.
The WARN Act requires that an employer with more than 100 employees must provide 60 days’ written notice before a mass layoff “affecting 50 or more employees at a single place of employment.”
“Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has made it clear that he believes complying with federal labor laws is ‘trivial,'” prosecutor Shannon Liss-Riordan, who filed the suit, said in a statement to CNN. “We filed this federal complaint to ensure that Twitter is held accountable under our laws and to prevent Twitter employees from unknowingly signing away their rights.”
Twitter had about 7,500 employees before Musk’s takeover.
Musk began his tenure at Twitter with a firing CEO Parag Agrawal and two other CEOsaccording to two people familiar with the decision.
And that in less than a week from Musk bought the companyhis C-suite it seems to be almost completely cleaned, through a mix of layoffs and resignations. Musk has too dissolved Former Twitter Board of Directors.
– Clare Duffy and Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report
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