Five workers have filed a class action lawsuit against twitter for the massive dismissals carried out by the company as a result of the purchase by the South African tycoon Elon Musk considering that violated federal and state laws by not giving 60 days notice.
The claim was filed with a san francisco court by five workers, one of whom was fired, according to the brief, on Tuesday, just two days before Musk announced to thousands of them via email that from this Friday would drastically reduce the workforcewhich is currently made up of 7,500 people.
“Twitter is now engaged in mass layoffs without providing the notice required under the federal WARN Act,” the lawsuit states, referring to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1998reports NBC.
Three other of these plaintiffs explain in the lawsuit that their Twitter accounts have been blocked without any notification, so they interpret that they will be part of the staff that Musk plans to fire.
While, Twitter Inc temporarily closed its offices after informing the employees that they would be informed by email on this day if they were fired.
Twitter said in the email that its offices would be temporarily closed and all access to ID cards suspended in order to “help ensure the security of each employee, as well as Twitter’s systems and customer data.”
The measurement follows a week of uncertainty about the future of the companywhich is now owned by billionaire Elon Musk.
The social media company said in an email to staff that would notify employees before 9 a.m. local time on Friday (1600 GMT) on staff cuts.
“In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global headcount on Friday,” said the email sent on Thursday, which was accessed by Reuters.
Meanwhile, Twitter employees they started sharing on the social network under the hashtag #OneTeam who had already been fired. Some showed photos of their teams, which prevented them from accessing their accounts.
Musk, the richest person in the world, wants to cut about 3,700 posts from Twitterhalf of its workforce, while seeks to reduce costs and impose a new demanding work ethicaccording to internal plans reviewed by Reuters this week.
It is expected that the content moderation team of the company is one of the targets of the cuts, tweets from Twitter employees suggested on Friday.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(With information from Europa Press and Reuters)