Twitter Hit With Lawsuit After Elon Musk’s Takeover
Elon Musk is no stranger to lawsuits and he has just been hit with another one.
The Tesla CEO took over social media platform, Twitter, last week and it has been a dramatic start. Musk has already caused chaos with Twitter users after revealing the idea to have a monthly charge of $8 to get a verification tick, and then news broke out that he was considering halving the workforce after getting backing from a major investor.
A lawsuit was filed on Thursday in a San Francisco court by Twitter workers who claim the company is terminating their contracts without enough notice and so is violating federal and California law. When the news was leaked that Musk was looking to half the workforce, it was rumoured that the job cuts could start at the end of this week.
The lawsuit is asking for the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) to be followed, which is in place to stop big companies from laying off large amounts of staff members without giving 60 days notice.
The current workforce for the social media company is roughly 7,500 and it has been reported that approximately 3,800 staff members could lose their jobs.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, who is the attorney who filed the complaint, said:
“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,”
Liss-Riordan is referring to a part of the lawsuit which asks the court to stop Twitter from soliciting its employees to sign a document that would stop them being able to participate in a lawsuit.