Put an end to Casual Fridays. At Twitter, Friday was Layoff-Lockout Day.
According to The Washington Post, employees were supposed to receive an email the same day indicating whether or not they were no longer employed.
Elon Musk, the new CEO, wrote late Thursday in an email that “We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.”
According to a lawyer who represented employees in a class action case, Musk “is making an effort to comply” with the law, according to Bloomberg.
Although she believed Musk was “making an effort,” labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging Twitter had broken federal and California laws prohibiting sudden layoffs.
She added that after suing Twitter “pre-emptively” to prevent layoffs, she was relieved to find that some staff will still be paid through January 4.
That proactive step was comparable to one she took against Musk’s Tesla Inc. in Texas in June, where a federal judge in Austin decreed that Tesla employees have to use private arbitration rather than bring their claims in open court.
The San Francisco office of Twitter, as well as the company’s email and Slack accounts, were locked out of employees on Friday in line with Musk’s announcement to halve the 3,700-person staff of the company.
In her case, Riss-Riordan is requesting that Twitter be forced to abide by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Companies with more than 100 employees must abide by the law and provide 60 days’ notice of any significant layoffs.
Riss-Riordan claimed that now that Twitter is moving in her way, she would be keeping an eye on things to ensure that workers are treated fairly.
“I am pleased that Elon Musk learned something from the lawsuit we brought against him at Tesla,” she said. “We filed this case preemptively to make sure a repeat of that violation did not happen.”
According to Bloomberg, Riss-Riordan is also concerned about how Twitter chose which employees to fire and for claimed retribution against one plaintiff in the class action lawsuit.
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Her suit also seeks to protect employees from signing away their rights to take part in lawsuits.
Twitter has told workers severance agreements to come next week will be accompanied by waivers against making claims against the company.
Liss-Riordan, working out of Boston, has sued gig-economy companies like Uber claiming they exploit workers. She was an unsuccessful candidate in this year’s Democrat primary for attorney general of Massachusetts. CONTINUE READING…