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Twitter Layoffs: Former Staff Can not Pursue Claims through Class-Motion Lawsuit, US Court docket Says

Twitter has secured a ruling permitting the social media firm to pressure a number of laid-off employees suing over their termination to pursue their claims through particular person arbitration than a class-action lawsuit.

US District Choose James Donato on Friday dominated that 5 former Twitter workers pursuing a proposed class motion accusing the corporate of failing to present sufficient discover earlier than laying them off after its acquisition by Elon Musk should pursue their claims in personal arbitration.

Donato granted Twitter’s request to pressure the 5 ex-employees to pursue their claims individually, citing agreements they signed with the corporate.

Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The San Francisco decide left for one more day “as warranted by developments within the case” whether or not your entire class motion lawsuit have to be dismissed, although, as he famous three different former Twitter workers who alleged they’d opted out of the corporate’s arbitration settlement have joined the lawsuit after it was first filed.

The lawyer who represents the plaintiffs, Shannon Liss-Riordan, mentioned on Monday that she had already filed 300 calls for for arbitration on behalf of former Twitter workers and would probably file lots of extra.

These employees all declare they haven’t obtained the total severance bundle promised by Twitter earlier than Musk took over. Some have additionally alleged intercourse or incapacity discrimination.

Final yr, Donato had dominated that Twitter should notify the hundreds of employees who have been laid off after its acquisition by Musk following a proposed class motion accusing the corporate of failing to present sufficient discover earlier than terminating them.

The decide mentioned that earlier than asking employees to signal severance agreements waiving their means to sue the corporate, Twitter should give them “a succinct and plainly worded discover”.

Twitter laid off roughly 3,700 workers in early November in a cost-cutting measure by Musk, and lots of extra subsequently resigned.

In December final yr, Twitter was additionally accused by dozens of former workers of varied authorized violations stemming from Musk’s takeover of the corporate, together with concentrating on ladies for layoffs and failing to pay promised severance.

Twitter can be dealing with at the least three complaints filed with a U.S. labour board claiming employees have been fired for criticising the corporate, trying to organise a strike, and different conduct protected by federal labour legislation.

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