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Twitter being sued by former employees for Elon Musk’s mass layoffs without notice

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Twitter is being sued in a class-action lawsuit filed by former employees who were laid off as a part of Twitter's mass firing by the company’s new owner, Elon Musk.

Twitter being sued by former employees

Twitter employees say the company is eliminating workers without enough notice in violation of federal and California law, the report said. Musk had sent out an email to all the employees sharing his plans of the cost cutting starting Friday.

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A screenshot of the letter sent to Twitter employees about their employment status.

The lawsuit alleges that the employees were not given enough notice of their firing according to both, the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and California WARN Act. These acts require that companies give employees at least 60 days of advance notice before a mass firing takes place.

“We filed this lawsuit tonight in an attempt the make sure that employees are aware that they should not sign away their rights and that they have an avenue for pursuing their rights,” Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed Thursday’s complaint, said in an interview.

This is not the first time that Musk has been in legal trouble. Back in June, two former employees of Tesla had sued the company for violation of the same WARN Act. Musk laid off about 10% of Tesla's workforce.


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