Twitter must notify employees who have been terminated that a potential class action lawsuit is pending, a California judge ruled in an order Thursday.
Twitter’s communication with employees “should not be made misleading by omitting material information about an ongoing lawsuit,” the judge wrote, per The Los Angeles Times.
A few Twitter employees are leading what they hope will be a class action lawsuit to reprimand the company for failing to give notice of mass layoffs — which is required in California and many other states — and for what they say, he’s trying to get outside of the breakup deals.
Donato’s order that terminated employees be told about the lawsuit “may be an early indication that the judge might be sympathetic to the employees’ argument,” as CNN wrote.
The judge asked Twitter to notify its terminated employees of the potential class action because the severance agreements include things like promises not to sue the employer for discrimination or wrongful termination, and indeed Twitter asked to propose a severance agreement that gives employees one month’s pay. for agreeing not to join the lawsuit against Twitter, according to the Los Angeles Time.
This particular class action lawsuit is part of a veritable nest of lawsuits Twitter faces after laying off half of its workforce last month — from claims that the company fired more women than men to accusations that its new rules are biased against workers with disabilities – following the company’s acquisition by the world’s second richest person, Elon Musk.
Shannon Liss-Riordan is involved in all of the above lawsuits and has previously argued against Musk in connection with the Tesla layoffs, according to the Los Angeles Time.
Donato said Twitter employees should be notified with “a succinct, clearly worded notice,” in order.
The Twitter that remains, after the layoffs, has reportedly been chaotic, with Musk demanding in-person work at the previously remote company and demanding that staff be ‘hardcore’ on ‘Twitter 2.0’ or else they could leave, leading to the departure of thousands of employees.
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This lawsuit, in particular, seeks to become a class action (a type of lawsuit that allows many people to join and obtain damages), but such lawsuits must be certified by a judge before they can be filed. become one.
Twitter is seeking to avoid that by deciding to force the case into arbitration, saying Twitter employees are already bound by agreements to do so, according to Reuters. This means that the matter would be settled outside the court.
Donato will hear an argument on whether to push this matter to arbitration in January, the Los Angeles Time Noted.