Twitter, owned by Elon Musk, has been sued in the US for mass layoffs without providing written advance notice to employees. According to TechCrunch, the action was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California and claims that the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the California WARN Act, both of which call for 60 days’ notice, were broken.
The plaintiffs said they were “terminated on November 3 by being locked out of their accounts. Twitter is also enacting widespread layoffs across its workforce today, on Nov. 4, 2022, it stated, adding that California’s Employment Development Department had not received a notice related to the event.”
The plaintiffs requested that the court “certify the matter as a class action complaint” and rule that Twitter violated both the federal and California WARN Acts. A variety of remedy is sought in the complaint, including pre- and post-judgment interest, declaratory relief, compensatory damages (including unpaid salaries), and additional lawyers’ fees and costs.
The laid-off workers should get 60 days of salary and the stock’s cash worth under the terms of the takeover agreement for Twitter. Musk is now dealing with a class-action lawsuit after firing Tesla employees in the past without giving them the required notice.
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