Twitter is being forced to inform thousands of laid-off employees about a class-action lawsuit alleging the company failed to give them sufficient notice that they would be dismissed.
A San Francisco federal judge ruled on Thursday that the Big Tech company must inform the former employees about a class-action suit alleging that it violated labor laws in the mass layoffs conducted after Elon Musk’s acquisition and subsequent takeover.
The judge overseeing the case ruled that Twitter must present employees with “a succinct and plainly worded notice” discussing the class-action suit before asking them to sign severance agreements that would waive their ability to sue the company, according to Reuters.
Twitter fired more than 3,700 employees in early November, weeks after Musk had acquired the company and attempted to cut costs. More than a thousand resignations followed after the billionaire forced employees to sign a memo agreeing to work at a more “hardcore” Twitter.
The order arrives as Musk is trying to adapt to the demands of Twitter and adjust its content moderation standards accordingly. Musk has said he aims to establish a policy of free speech on the platform, but his motives have met particular skepticism in the past few days as the company has banned an account that posted updates about his private jet — a move followed by Musk saying that the new policy was to ban all accounts posting about real-time locations of individuals. Twitter also had its Trust and Safety Council dissolved after three members resigned.