According to Bloomberg, Twitter is being sued over Elon Musk’s intention to lay off around 3,700 employees. A class-action complaint was filed in San Francisco, alleging that the firm violated federal and Californian law by failing to provide sufficient notice.

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act prohibits major corporations from conducting mass layoffs without providing at least 60 days’ notice.

The complaint requests that the court issue an order directing Twitter to comply with the WARN Act and prohibiting the firm from asking employees to sign agreements that might waive their ability to engage in litigation.

Workers have rights

Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed the complaint on Thursday, said in an interview that she hopes the class action lawsuit will prevent workers from signing away their rights and ensure they exercise their right to pursue what is legally owed to them. 

Some Twitter employees discovered that they had been locked out of their email and Slack accounts before receiving formal confirmation of their job loss or retention.

Simon Balmain, a senior community manager for Twitter in the United Kingdom, told the BBC that he thought he had been fired since he was signed out of his work laptop and Slack messaging platform.

3,700 jobs on the line

The organization recently informed employees that it would lay off around 3,700 individuals who would be notified by mail. The social network also requested that staff refrain from visiting the workplace while it’s temporarily closed.

The memo said that the new management will begin the arduous process of decreasing its worldwide staff on Friday. Both affected and unaffected employees would be notified via their Twitter email, the organization added.

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