Employees of Twitter are suing the company for terminating workers without proper notice.
A class-action lawsuit was filed against the company for violating federal and California law. The law in question is the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The WARN act blocks large companies from conducting mass layoffs without at least 60 days of advance notice.
On Thursday, Twitter employees received an internal memo stating a massive layoff was coming soon.
Since then, some workers have already said they’ve been locked out of their company email accounts. Others shared blue hearts and salute emojis symbolizing they were no longer a part of the company.
Employees from departments including ethical AI, marketing/communication, search, public policy, wellness, etc. have also tweeted about their inactive work status.
The lawsuit is asking the court to force Twitter to obey the WARN Act. They’re also asking the court to restrict the company from soliciting employees to sign documents that could give up their right to participate in litigation.
“We filed this lawsuit tonight in an attempt the make sure that employees are aware that they should not sign away their rights and that they have an avenue for pursuing their rights,” Shannon Liss-Riordan, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said.
It’s unclear exactly how many Twitter employees have been or will be laid off. However, the company had roughly 7,500 workers prior to the new owner switch.