Twitter must notify laid off workers of class action lawsuit, judge says

Twitter faces three other proposed class actions in the same court over the layoffs

Twitter Inc must notify thousands of employees who were laid off following a proposed class action acquisition by Elon Musk that accused the company of failing to give them adequate notice before terminating them, a San Francisco federal judge has handed down the ruling.

US District Judge James Donato said in a three-page order Wednesday that before asking employees to sign an agreement exempting them from the ability to sue the company, Twitter must provide them with a “concise and clear description” of the lawsuit filed last month. notice should be given in

Twitter laid off about 3,700 employees in early November in a cost-cutting measure by Musk, the world’s richest man, and hundreds have since resigned.

The lawsuit says Twitter failed to provide the 60 days notice required by federal and California laws before carrying out mass layoffs. Twitter has denied wrongdoing.

In the ruling Donato said it would be misleading to ask workers to drop legal claims against Twitter without telling them about the lawsuit.

Twitter agreed not to seek release from laid off employees pending Donato’s decision.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan described the decision as “a basic but important step that will provide employees with an opportunity to fully understand their rights, rather than just sign them.”

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

The company argued that the notice was unnecessary because most of its employees had signed agreements requiring them to bring legal disputes to arbitration and waiving their ability to join class actions against the company.

Donato is scheduled to hear next month Twitter’s motion to refer the matter to arbitration. The plaintiffs amended their complaint this month to add employees who they say never signed arbitration agreements.

Twitter faces three other proposed class actions in the same court over the layoffs. The lawsuits allege Twitter failed to give contract workers notice before firing them and discriminated against women and employees with disabilities. The company has not responded to those claims.

Liss-Riordan, who is involved in all of the lawsuits, has said she may bring additional employment claims against Twitter, including if the company denies severance pay to dismissed workers. She also said last week that she would defend employees if Musk followed through on an alleged threat to prosecute employees who leaked confidential information to the press.

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