Elon Musk on a smartphone placed on printed Twitter logos on April 28, 2022. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters) Twitter has been sued by multiple staff members over an alleged violation of federal law, with workers claiming they were not given enough notice regarding planned layoffs .
Employees who had worked at Twitter’s offices in San Francisco, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco) on Thursday.
The lawsuit comes amid reports that Twitter will start laying off staff members from its global workforce of 7,500 employees on Friday morning, following Elon Musk ’s takeover of the social media platform. It is unclear how much of Twitter’s workforce Musk plans to lay off.
In their lawsuit, plaintiffs, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of themselves and others “similarly situated,” allege that the move amounts to a violation and “anticipated further violation” of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, as well as the California WARN Act.
The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act is a U.S. labor law requiring that employers with 100 or more employees provide 60 calendar-day advance notice to employees regarding mass layoffs.
The California WARN act , short for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, is slightly more strict. It requires employers to provide workers with at least sixty days’ notice before mass layoffs, although under that law, a mass layoff is defined as “the layoff of 50 or more employees in a 30-day period.”
Employers who fail to do so may be sued for damages and could be liable for employee back pay and benefits. The exterior of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on April 27, 2022. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) No ‘Advanced Written Warning’
“It has been widely reported that Twitter plans to lay off about 3,700 employees, approximately 50 […]
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