TWITTER has been sued over Elon Musk’s plans to cut around half its workforce.
Twitter employs around 7,500 people, so it is feared that as many as 3,700 could be laid off.
Employees claim they were not adequately briefed – which Bloomberg says violates state and federal law.
Received in an email from The Washington Postthe layoffs are scheduled to begin today.
It said: “Team, in an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, on Friday we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce.
“We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but unfortunately this action is necessary to ensure the continued success of the company.”
Several workers have already claimed that they have been banned from their email and Slack accounts The Telegraph.
An employee who has not been identified said CNBC: “It’s total chaos, house is melting down, everyone is looking at this email.”
While another employee said, “I better get a cash prize at the end of this nightmare.”
It comes after Musk reportedly took away the once-a-month day off from workers.
People supposedly familiar with the matter confirmed the change Bloomberg.
According to the report, a monthly day off by the company introduced during the pandemic period is being put under the axe.
The billionaire has already made several changes at the social networking giant since taking over as CEO.
He also has plans to repeal Twitter’s telecommuting policy.
He wants employees he hasn’t hired full-time at the office to implement a variety of changes he has for the site.
Musk completed the acquisition of the social networking giant on Oct. 27.
Announcing the closing of the deal, he tweeted, “The bird is free.”
But the company’s former CEO, Parag Agrawal, and CFO, Ned Segal, have been fired.
Musk has also dropped head of legal policy, trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, and Sean Edgett, who is part of the company’s general counsel, inside sources said The Washington Post.
He even changed his bio to “Chief Twit” before later referring to himself as “Twitter Complaints Line Operator.”
Musk previously explained why he wanted to take over Twitter.
He said: “The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital city square where a wide range of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way without resorting to violence .
“I didn’t do it because it would be easy. I didn’t do it to make more money.
“I did it to try and help the humanity I love. And I do so with humility because I recognize that, despite our best efforts, failure in pursuing this goal is a very real possibility.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9674661/elon-musk-lawsuit-twitter-mass-layoffs-workforce/ Elon Musk faces a lawsuit as Twitter faces mass layoffs over its plan to shed about half its workforce