Twitter Inc should notify the hundreds of employees who have been laid off after its acquisition by Elon Musk of a proposed class motion accusing the corporate of failing to provide sufficient discover earlier than terminating them, a San Francisco federal decide has dominated.
U.S. District Choose James Donato in a three-page order on Wednesday stated that earlier than asking employees to signal severance agreements waiving their skill to sue the corporate, Twitter should give them “a succinct and plainly worded discover” of the lawsuit filed final month.
Twitter laid off roughly 3,700 workers in early November in a cost-cutting measure by Musk, the world’s richest individual, and lots of extra subsequently resigned.
The lawsuit says Twitter failed to provide the 60 days discover required by federal and California legal guidelines earlier than partaking in mass layoffs. Twitter has denied wrongdoing.
Donato within the ruling stated asking employees to waive authorized claims towards Twitter with out telling them concerning the lawsuit could be deceptive.
Twitter had agreed to not search releases from laid-off employees pending Donato’s resolution.
Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, known as the choice “a primary however necessary step that can present workers with the chance to extra totally perceive their rights as an alternative of simply signing them away.”
Twitter didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The corporate had argued that discover was pointless as a result of most of its workers had signed agreements requiring them to deliver authorized disputes in arbitration and waiving their skill to hitch class actions towards the corporate.
Donato is scheduled to carry a listening to subsequent month on Twitter’s movement to ship the case to arbitration. The plaintiffs amended their grievance this month so as to add employees who say they by no means signed arbitration agreements.
Twitter is dealing with three different proposed class actions in the identical court docket over the layoffs. The lawsuits accuse Twitter of failing to provide contract employees discover earlier than laying them off and discriminating towards girls and workers with disabilities. The corporate has not responded to these claims.
Liss-Riordan, who’s concerned in all the lawsuits, has stated she might deliver extra employment claims towards Twitter, together with if the corporate denies severance pay to laid-off employees. She additionally stated final week that she would defend employees if Musk follows by means of on a reported risk to sue workers who leak confidential data to the press.
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