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Twitter’s laid-off employees requested to drop lawsuit over severance, choose guidelines By Reuters


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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc (NYSE:) 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.

U.S. District Decide James Donato on Friday dominated that 5 former Twitter staff pursuing a proposed class motion accusing the corporate of failing to provide 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 choose left for an additional day “as warranted by developments within the case” whether or not all the class motion lawsuit should be dismissed, although, as he famous three different former Twitter staff who alleged that they had opted out of the corporate’s arbitration settlement have joined the lawsuit after it was first filed.

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

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

Twitter laid off roughly 3,700 staff in early November in a cost-cutting measure by Musk, and a whole lot extra subsequently resigned.

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

Twitter can also be dealing with not less than three complaints filed with a U.S. labor board claiming employees had been fired for criticizing the corporate, trying to prepare a strike, and different conduct protected by federal labor regulation.

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