Five workers submitted a request class action lawsuit against twitter due to the mass layoffs the company implemented as a result of the purchase by the South African tycoon Elon Musk taken into consideration that violated federal and state laws by not giving 60 days’ notice.
The lawsuit was filed with a court in san francisco five workers, one of whom was fired, according to the summary, on Tuesday, just two days before Musk announced to thousands of them via electronic mail that from this Friday would drastically reduce the workforcewhich currently consists of 7500 people.
“Twitter is now engaged in mass layoffs without providing the notice required under the federal WARN Act,” the lawsuit said, citing Act on notification on adjustment and retraining of workers from 1998NBC reports.
Three others of these plaintiffs argue in the lawsuit that their Twitter accounts are blocked without any notification, so they interpret that they will be part of the staff that Musk plans to fire.
While, Twitter Inc has temporarily closed its offices after informing the employees that they would be notified by e-mail on this day if they were fired.
Twitter said in an email that its offices will be temporarily closed and all access to IDs suspended to “help ensure the security of each employee, as well as Twitter’s systems and user data.”
The measurement follows a a week of uncertainty about the future of the companywhich today is owned by billionaire Elon Musk.
The social media company said in an email to staff will notify employees before 9 a.m. local time on Friday (16:00 GMT) on staff cuts.
“In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, on Friday we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce,” said an email sent Thursday, accessed by Reuters.
Meanwhile, Twitter employees they started sharing on the social network under the hashtag #OneTeam who had already been fired. Some showed photos of their teams, which made it impossible for them to access their accounts.
Musk, the richest person in the world, wants to cut about 3,700 posts from Twitterhalf of its staff, doc seeks to reduce costs and impose a new demanding work ethicaccording to the internal plans he reviewed Reuters this week.
It is expected that they will content moderation team company is one of the targets for the cuts, tweets from Twitter employees on Friday suggested.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(With information from Europa Press and Reuters)