Twitter Sued for Short-Notice Layoffs as Elon Musk Begins Mass Firing at 12 Noon EDT

On Thursday, new details emerged indicating that Elon Musk is expected to cut 3,700 Twitter employees, or over half of the company’s workforce, to reign in Twitter’s costs, according to the Verge.

To prevent sabotage, Twitter has temporarily shut down all of its offices and disabled badge access to all physical locations.

Some employees in the UK said that their computers were “remotely cleaned” while they slept and that they lost access to Slack and Gmail, according to Daily Mail.

Chris Younie, who works for Twitter in entertainment partnerships, tweeted: ‘Well this isn’t looking promising. Can’t log into emails. Mac won’t turn on. But so grateful this is happening at 3am. Really appreciate the thoughtfulness on the timing front guys…’

It’s expected that half of Twitter’s staff will be let go in a mass email dismissal. The internal message states that employees would be informed of their layoff status via email by 9 AM PST (12 PM EST) on November 4.

An email was sent to its employees on Thursday informing them to “go home and not return to the offices on Friday.”

Below is the full text of the Twitter memo sent to employees:

In response to the mass layoff of half the Twitter staff, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Twitter claiming Musk’s layoffs are in violation of California and federal law, which prevents mass layoffs without 60 days’ notice.

New York Post reported:

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Twitter over Elon Musk’s plan to sack thousands of staffers — as employees were abruptly locked out of their company Slack and email accounts, and barred from going into the office ahead of the mass layoffs Friday.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court after the company notified employees it would eliminate some 3,700 jobs, half its workforce, Bloomberg News reported.

It alleges that employees weren’t given enough notice of the mass layoffs in violation of federal and California law.

It seeks an order requiring the social media platform to obey the WARN Act — the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, a federal law requiring companies with 100 or more workers to give 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs or other work disruptions.

The suit also wants the court to restrict Twitter from soliciting staffers to sign documents that could give up their right to take part in litigation, according to the news outlet.

“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,” Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, told Bloomberg.

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