Employees sued Twitter over mass layoffs
Twitter is facing a class action lawsuit over it ongoing mass layoffs, which could potentially cut its workforce in half. According to Bloomberg, employees filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in federal court in San Francisco, alleging that Twitter’s actions violated the American Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN). According to the labor law, companies with 100 or more employees are required to notify them of mass layoffs 60 days in advance.
The New York Times previously reported that Twitter would begin layoffs and that about half of the company’s employees would be affected. In an email he saw The Washington Post, Twitter said the layoffs were “unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s future success.” The company also told employees to stay home today and wait for emails. If they get it in a Twitter-owned email inbox, their job is safe. But if they get an email on their personal account, that means they’ve been released. Some people on the social network report that they have already been locked their work emails and bio removed from the company’s central Slack account.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to issue an order forcing Twitter to comply with the WARN Act. They also want the court to bar the company from asking employees to waive their right to sue. Shannon Liss-Riordan, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said they filed the lawsuit “in an attempt to make sure employees are aware that they don’t need to sign away their rights and that they have an avenue to exercise their rights.”
Liss-Riordan was also a lawyer involved in this business lawsuit against Tesla in June due to layoffs that cut 10 percent of the automaker’s workforce. Similar to this complaint, plaintiffs then alleged that Tesla violated the WARN Act. Company boss Elon Musk, who taken over by Twitter a week ago, he called the lawsuit “trivial” in a conversation with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. The court also sided with the company and ruled that employees should negotiate with Tesla in closed-door arbitration.
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