Twitter workers have dragged the company to court. The action follows Elon Musk’s plan to cut about 3,700 jobs at the social media firm.
The workers contend that the company is doing this without giving enough notice, thus violating federal and California labour laws.
According to an internal memo sent to Twitter employees, the new management under Elon Musk said it would start conducting layoffs Friday morning.
On Thursday evening, all employees received an email which said they would be informed of their employment status at 9 A.M. PT on Friday. The company explained that “if an employee is keeping their job, they’ll be notified via their work email — if they’re let go, they’ll be notified at a personal address.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act restricts large companies from mounting mass layoffs without at least 60 days of advance notice.
The lawsuit by Twitter employees is asking the court to issue an order requiring Twitter to obey the WARN Act and restrict the company from soliciting employees to sign documents that could give up their right to participate in litigation.
Commenting on the lawsuit in an interview, Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed the complaint, said:
“We filed this lawsuit tonight in an attempt to make sure that employees are aware that they should not sign away their rights and that they have an avenue for pursuing their rights.”