Employees sued Twitter after mass layoffs began
The Twitter profile of Elon Musk is seen on a smartphone with the Twitter logo printed on it in this photo illustration taken on April 28, 2022.
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Twitter was sued by former employees, who say they were not given sufficient notice under federal and California law that they lost their jobs amid the ongoing mass layoffs.
The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court by five current or former Twitter employees, including Emmanuel Cornet, a software engineer known for his satirical cartoons criticizing Silicon Valley, who were fired Tuesday, according to the complaint. was.
Twitter notified employees Thursday evening, days after Tesla and SpaceX CEOs Elon Musk took control of the company, as per the communication received by, that it would start retrenchment of staff members NBC News, In the email, Twitter said that employees will receive a notice about their employment in their work email if they still have a job, or their personal email accounts if their “employment is affected.”
twitter employee are hoping The company will cut its workforce by 50%, or about 3,700 employees.
The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires employers to provide advance notice of mass layoffs or plant closures, usually within 60 days.
“Plaintiffs file this action to ensure that Twitter complies with the law and provides requisite notice or severance payment in connection with expected layoffs,” the complaint said.
The lawsuit asks the court to issue an order requiring Twitter to comply with the WARN Act. It also seeks to prevent Twitter from urging employees to sign documents that could give up their right to participate in litigation.
Twitter representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Employment said Twitter has not filed any warning notices with the agency this year.
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