After the announcement of the dismissal of 3700 people, the now ex-employees of Twitter sued the company for firing them without prior notice. The class action lawsuit was filed Thursday in Federal Court in San Francisco.
Faced with Elon Musk’s decision to lay off 50% of his workforce, a group of employees has filed a lawsuit. Under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), large companies are restricted from mass layoffs without at least 60 days notice.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said “this is an attempt to make sure that employees know that they don’t have to waive their rights and that they have an avenue to exercise their rights.”
CCN had access to the mail addressed to the 7,500 employees that Twitter has, in which they explained how they were going to disassociate themselves from the company. “If your employment is not affected, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email. If your employment is affected, you will receive a notification with the next steps through your personal email, ”explains the statement.
In this same notification they inform that “to help guarantee the security” of Twitter employees and systems; the company’s offices “will be temporarily closed and access to all credentials will be suspended.”
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This would not be the first time that Elon Musk has been sued by workers. In June of this year, Liss-Riordan sued Tesla Inc. for a dismissal without notice. This came as the tycoon ran Tesla around 10% of his workforce.
The ruling went in favor of Tesla, and a federal judge in Austin forced the workers in that case to pursue their claims in closed-door arbitration rather than open court.
At the time, Musk described the lawsuit as “trivial” during a discussion with Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait at the Qatar Economic Forum.
As for the new lawsuit, “we will see if it will continue to flout the laws of this country that protect employees. It looks like he’s repeating the same playbook that he used on Tesla,” Liss-Riordan said.
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