The Twitter’s new owner, Elon Muskwill have a tough battle ahead, since this Friday the wave of mass layoffs began in the company, which has already led to the filing of a lawsuit by former employees.
Twitter temporarily closed its offices and cut off workers’ access to internal systems on Friday, November 4 after telling employees they would be informed by email later in the day if they were being laid off.
The move follows a week of uncertainty over the company’s future under new owner Elon Musk.
That has generated a class action lawsuit filed by former terminated employees.
The lawsuit alleges that the workers did not receive sufficient notice of their termination in accordance with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and California’s WARN Act. These acts require companies to give employees at least 60 days notice before a mass layoff occurs.
The lawsuit was filed in an attempt to “ensure that employees are aware that they should not waive their rights and that they have an avenue to pursue their rights,” said to Bloomberg Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed the complaint Thursday night.
Was not planning on doing anything like this initially… But… Look Ma I'm suing Twitter. pic.twitter.com/xxdO0bA4ZV
— ma.nu (@lmanul) November 4, 2022
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in San Francisco and names five workers as plaintiffs. The suit notes that one of the named plaintiffs had already been fired at the time of the filing, while three others had been locked out of the company’s accounts, an action that is presumed to indicate that they will soon be formally fired.