Elon Musk’s Twitter profile is seen on a smartphone placed over printed Twitter logos in this April 28, 2022 photo.
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Twitter has been sued by former employees who say they were not adequately notified under federal and California law that they were losing their jobs as a result of the ongoing mass layoffs.
The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco by five current or former Twitter employees, including Emmanuel Cornet, a software engineer known for his satirical cartoons criticizing Silicon Valley, who was fired on Tuesday, according to the complaint.
Twitter briefed employees on Thursday evening, days after the CEOs of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk took control of the company that it will begin laying off employees, according to communications obtained from NBC news. In an email, Twitter said employees will receive a notification about their employment in their work email if they still have a job, or to their personal email accounts if their “employment is affected.”
Twitter employees they expect the company will lay off 50% of its workforce, roughly 3,700 employees.
The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN) requires employers to give advance notice, usually within 60 days, of mass layoffs or plant closings.
“Plaintiffs bring this action in an effort to ensure that Twitter complies with the law and provides the required notice or severance pay in connection with the anticipated layoffs,” the complaint states.
The lawsuit asks the court to issue an order requiring Twitter to comply with the WARN Act. It also seeks to prevent Twitter from asking employees to sign documents that could waive their right to participate in a lawsuit.
Twitter representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for the California Department of Labor said Twitter has not sent any WARN notices to the department this year.