Twitter Sued Over Layoff Plan

Twitter Sued Over Layoff Plan

After an internal memo on Thursday warned that staff reductions were imminent, Elon Musk’s Twitter has started terminating workers. Numerous employees on Twitter began commenting on the site on Thursday night and Friday morning that they had already been locked out of their work email accounts before the anticipated announcement of their layoffs. Some also sent salutes and blue heart emojis to show they were inside the business.

Employees from every department at Twitter, including the curation, ethical AI, marketing and communication, search, public policy, wellness, and other departments, had posted about being let go by Friday morning. One Twitter employee posted on the network, “Just was deleted from Slack and remotely logged out of my work laptop.” How tragic that it had to end this way.

The number of Twitter employees that have been or will be laid off is unknown. Before Musk took control of Twitter, there were around 7,500 employees. Recently, there have been rumours that Twitter may reduce its workforce by 25% to 50% as Musk reevaluates how the site works and tries to boost the business’s bottom line after taking on a substantial amount of debt to fund his $44 billion acquisition.

According to the email sent Thursday night, employees received a letter informing them of their job status by midnight ET on Friday. An email obtained by CNN had the following statement: “If your employment is not impacted, you will get a message via your Twitter email.” “You will receive a notification with the next instructions via your email if your employment is disrupted.”

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The company’s headquarters “will be temporarily shuttered, and all badge access will be suspended,” the email continued, “to help safeguard the safety” of the staff and Twitter’s systems. The email closed by expressing the workforce’s understanding that it will be “an extraordinarily tough event to go through.”

On Thursday evening, some Twitter employees filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that Twitter, after terminating some employees, violated the federal and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Acts (WARN Act).

According to the WARN Act, a company with more than 100 employees must give 60 days advance written notice before conducting a mass layoff that “affects 50 or more individuals at a single place of employment.”

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has made it evident that he thinks following federal labour regulations is “trivial” In a statement to CNN, the lawsuit’s attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan stated. “We have filed this federal action so that Twitter will be held responsible to our laws and so that Twitter employees won’t unwittingly sign away their rights,” the complaint reads.

According to two people with knowledge of the matter, Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal and two other employees at Twitter to begin his career there. The company’s C-suite appears to have nearly completely disappeared in less than a week since Musk bought it, as evidenced by a combination of resignations and firings.

Additionally, Musk disbanded the previous board of directors for Twitter. The hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked, a past-tense parody of one formerly often used by Twitter employees, was adopted by many employees on Friday to express their thoughts.