#San Francisco: An internal message from Twitter stated that employee layoffs will begin on Friday. Several employees have filed a complaint, claiming that the decision by the new owner and billionaire Elon Musk breaches US labor law.
According to a company-wide memo seen by AFP, Twitter staff will learn of their fate through email at the start of business on Friday, California time. There is no specific number given, but according to the Washington Post and New York Times, nearly half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees will be let go.
Since Musk completed his massive $44 billion acquisition late last week and swiftly set about dissolving its board and removing its chief executive and top managers, Twitter employees have been preparing for this kind of unpleasant news.
According to the complaint’s wording, a group of five Twitter employees who had previously been let go filed a class action lawsuit against the firm late on Thursday, claiming they had not received the mandatory 60-day notice period as stipulated by US federal and California state law.
The US Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which grants employees the right to early notification in situations involving large layoffs or plant closures, is cited in the lawsuit. Additionally, the lawsuit seeks the court to prevent Twitter from getting workers to sign waivers of their WARN Act rights.
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